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What Do Home Inspector Look For When Doing a Roof Inspection

September 30th, 2010 · No Comments

A vital component of a complete home inspection is the inspection of the current roof. From the outside of the home, on a peaked shaped roof, your home inspector will be able to make a visual inspection from the ground. To get a closer look he or she may use binoculars. Every home inspection company is different, some may or may not climb a ladder and walk up on your roof for safety reasons. From the inside of the home, if possible through the attic or opened crawlspaces, an additional look may be taken which is as important as the exterior inspection. 

From the outside the focus will be on the following things:

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The covering of the roof: Are there broken pieces, is there bubbling? The home inspector will try to gauge the age of the roof and can let you know the roof material and design.. 

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Items penetrating the roof: Your inspector will inspect the exterior skylights, vents, exterior of the chimney and anything else coming from the roof along with their flashings.

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Roof framing: The outside frame of the roof will be checked for rotting, deflection, etc.                                      

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Drainage: At the time of the roof inspection, the gutters and downspouts or drainage system is typically checked to.make sure water drains properly off the roof. 

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Obstructions: Your roof will be checked to make sure tree branches and leaves are not touching the surface along with other obstructions that may decrease the lifespan of the roof.  

From the inside the inspection will focus on:

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The Decking: Signs of rot, holes, breaks, and leaks.

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Items Penetrating Outward: The area around vents and other items penetrating out are checked for signs of leaks..

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Inside Framing: The inside framing is checked for signs of rot, breaks, etc.

Those are the basics that make up the inspection of your roof. Your home inspector will provide you with a summary of this aspect of the complete home inspection process and can help make recommendations if needed. 

If you need home inspection information or you are in need of a great home inspector in the Charlotte, Huntersville, Concord, Fort Mill or Rock Hill areas contact Home Inspection Carolina.  They have performed over 23,432 home inspection and will not let you buy the money pit.  We have over 100 years of combined home inspection and construction experience.  Please give us a call (704) 542-6575

Preston Sandlin

Home Inspection Carolina

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