A roof is one of the most critical aspects of any home. It’s also one of the most expensive to replace if an issue or defect is not fixed. Many roofs go unchecked unless something is obviously wrong, at which point you might have even bigger problems on your hands.
This is why it’s highly important to have your roof inspected.
There are a lot of different types of roofs out there and all require different forms of maintenance. When inspecting your roof, there are a few key features the inspector will check.
The most common type of roofing material is a composition roof, which has shingles made out of a fiberglass composite material that looks similar to sandpaper. Some other common roof types are Cedar Shake (shingles are made of wood), TPO (a rubber polymer roofing membrane common on low-slope and flat roofs), and Torch Down (a rubber-based material often used on low-slope and flat roofs, applied with a torch).
Soffits and Fascia
A soffit is the “bridge” between the top of the siding and the outer edge of the roofline. Normally made out of vinyl, soffits help with the ventilation of attics and crawlspaces to prevent the accumulation of moisture.
The fascia (or fascia board) is a vertical finishing edge that runs vertically behind the gutter. Its primary purpose is to serve as a buffer between the edge of the roof and the soffit, protecting both the roof and home interior from damaging weather conditions, as well as supporting the weight of the gutter.
In Washington, rain is a pretty common occurrence, so it’s vital that you have functioning drainage systems. Soft or impacted spots on a roof are very good at collecting water—especially on flat roofs—so making sure your roof is structurally solid is extremely important.
This includes both the structure and pitch of the roof, as well as its gutters. Water can be extremely destructive if not diverted and controlled properly, resulting in potential soil erosion, structural damage, mildew, mold, etc.
Functioning gutter systems are also crucial. Gutters direct water away from a roof to mitigate/avoid soil erosion or structural damage. If gutters are clogged or damaged, they will not be effective drainage tools. The most standard type of gutter you normally see installed on a house are K-style gutters, which are usually made out of aluminum.
The final part of your roof that our inspector will check are roof penetrations. Penetrations include skylights, vents, chimneys, and anything that provides any form of gateway to the interior of a house. This is to make sure that nothing is cracked, damaged, or ill fitting (anything that would allow for weather to impact the interior of a home).
NOTE* The inspector is not required to walk on any roof surface, especially those considered to be unsafe. For more information, see the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.
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Buying a house is one of the largest purchases you will ever make. While a home may look perfect on the outside, there could be a lot of potentially expensive issues hiding under the surface that you need to know about before closing. Don’t leave anything to chance; get your home inspected.
Yes. Just because a home is new doesn’t mean it won’t have problems; it just means that someone hasn’t lived in it yet to discover any of its potential defects.
While it is not a requirement for you to have your home inspected prior to putting it up for sale, a pre-listing home inspection can be beneficial. It reveals the true state of your home and allows you to identify and repair potential deal-breakers prior to being discovered by the home buyer inspection.
Normally you would contact a home inspector after a purchase agreement has been signed. To protect your best interests, we highly recommend that you make sure there is an inspection contingency clause in the agreement prior to signing, specifying buyer and seller obligations after the completion and findings of an inspection.
On average, you should expect the inspection of a typical single-family home to last between 2-3 hours. For larger properties, it may take longer, and require an additional inspector onsite.
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to be there. As a prospective home buyer, the purpose of our inspection is not just to inspect the home, but to also educate the buyer and make sure you are the most informed about a property prior to moving forward with a purchase.
Our inspector provides a comprehensive report in line with the InterNACHI Standards of Practice that identifies material defects of the components and systems of a home along with our recommendations for repairs. Usually, the full report is ready for you within 24 hours of the inspection! For a sample of our reporting, click here.
No home, new or old, is going to be free of problems. However, not all problems require major fixes. Having a home inspection helps you identify possible issues before they potentially become bigger and costlier.
No. A home inspection is not the same as an appraisal or municipal inspection. A home inspector reports on the physical condition of the home, and any possible material defects in need of repair or replacement. It’s not pass/fail; it’s just the facts.
In compliance with the InterNACHI Code of Ethics Article I, Section 11, we, as InterNACHI certified inspectors, are prohibited from performing or offering any repairs or related services to any home for which we have prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. For any suggested repairs, we recommend consulting a specialist.
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