Do you know the age, condition and the balance of the approximate life expectancy of the roof?
The roof is potentially one of the most expensive replacement items and is something that no buyer should ever be surprised by. The roof will be inspected with great attention. The roof inspection is not only inspected from the roof top itself, but will also be evaluated from within the attic as well. The life expectancy of a roof will vary depending upon the type of roof as well as the pitch of the roof. The tree coverage and sun exposure will also influence how well the roof wears and how long it will last.
The roof inspection starts from walking around the home at the ground level and observing all exterior conditions and their possible effects on the roof. We pay special attention to the valleys of the roof and how the roof is shedding the water. We also pay close attention to all areas of penetration such as plumbing and roof vents as well as skylights, chimneys and any other areas where components may penetrate the roof and where the flashing can sometimes fail.
A good part of the roof inspection is performed from within the attic. This is where we can identify actual leaks by the staining that takes place on the sheathing. We pay close attention to the areas of concern that we identified while on the roof and we further evaluate those specific locations while investigating the condition of this roof from within the attic. Portions of the attic are typically not observed as limitations exist due to the safety concerns in accessing some areas of the attic. We are inspecting the areas of the attic that we individually consider safe and readily accessible. We obviously never want our inspectors to put their safety in jeopardy, nor do we want to risk damaging the home.