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Psychic Charlotte Home Inspector Predicts New Roof For Indian Trail Home

May 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Indian Trail Business Needs a New Roof

Indian Trail Business Needs a New Roof


I Predict a new roof for this Charlotte Home.

Your first mission is to check the ceiling inside your Charlotte home. There might be a small leak somewhere that’ll show up first as a spot on the ceiling. Once your ceiling inspection is completed, it’s time to take a little trip into the attic. Unless you have one of those unique house plans (and by “unique” we mean “weird”), your attic should be easily accessed from a hatch that has its own drop-down ladder — no special indoor Little Giant ladder accessories needed (awwww!). Scamper up there with your flashlight and take a close look at the attic ceiling and supports, especially around the air vents and along the sides of beams. Here’s what to look for:

Sagging of the roof deck
Dark spots and trails
Obvious water stains
Outside light visible through the roof

If you see any of these problems, then you’ll want to do a extensive roof inspection.

What to look for on the roof

Now’s the time to break out your Little Giant. After you extend it to the proper height, make sure it’s well grounded and ask someone to “spot” you just as you would in the gym (spotters also great for holding the ladder or, failing that, calling 911). You don’t have to get up onto the roof, but you should at least get up there and take a good, hard look. Here’s what to keep an eye out for:

Damaged or corroded flashing (the metal sheeting around the chimney and such)
Missing shingles
Curling or blistered shingles
Sagging (indicating problems in the roof deck)
Buckling (when shingles are push up in a “peak”)
Algal growth (dark or greenish stains)
Rotten wood
Missing granules on asphalt shingles

Even if you don’t see missing granules on your shingles, check your rain gutters. Under all those leaves you should have cleaned out last November you’re likely to find a layer of what appear to be dark soil. Some of this may be humus from rotten leaves, but if you encounter lots of coarser, sandy particles, you’ve probably found your granules. Finally, if you have a roof with wooden shakes rather than composite shingles (an increasingly rare case in these fire-conscious days), then you should also look for splitting and (*shudder*) termite damage.

If you find some of these warning signs, don’t despair: by themselves they don’t always mean you need a new roof, though you certainly do if all or most are present. Blisters can be popped with a knife and repaired with roofing cement, and damaged, missing, and algae-invaded shingles can be individually replaced. Separations in flashing and small depression near vents and pipes are also easily repaired, either by you or someone you trust. For more information or roof predictions from the psychic home inspector go to http://www.askthecharlotteinspector.com or http://www.homeinspectioncarolina.com

Preston Sandlin

Charlotte NC Home Inspector

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