How's the roof?
This is a pretty broad question but gets asked at almost every inspection.
The roof system has several components. The shingles (roof covering material), Chimneys, Flashing, Vents and Gutters (eaves troughs).
This blog is going to focus on the shingles or roof covering material.
There are a few different ways to inspect the shingles.
- Walking on the roof. In my opinion the best way to inspect the shingles.
- Remote camera or drone. Also good but does not give you the feel of the roof. I personally use and Eye-Stick remote camera setup. Drones require special licensing.
- From a ladder. Again gives you a closer view.
- From the ground.
- Not at all. What? Wait? Not at all?? We normally have snow on the roof several months of the year. It is not possible to inspect the roof when it is covered with snow.
So why not walk on every roof?
There are many reasons not to.
- Snow covered
- Slope (too steep)
- Material (damage can occur if not walked on correctly)
- Damaged roof ( rotten material, dangerous to be on)
Some of the Common Materials
What we're inspecting for: leaking, damaged, deteriorated, lifting, curling, loose, missing, Ice damming (winter) etc.
Your inspection report will contain a section on the condition of the roof. If required you should make any repairs or full replacement as soon as possible to avoid damage to the interior of your new home.
Note: You should inspect your roof every year or have a professional inspect it. It can be very dangerous to go on a roof. You MUST observe all safety precautions when using ladders or when going on a roof (tie off etc.). Be safe or call a professional.
Next week Chimneys!