Roof Inspections Are Critical

It has come to my attention that some home inspectors refuse to inspect roofs, even though this is a requirement of any professional Standards of Practice in the home inspection industry.  Last week I received an urgent call from a real estate agent I had never worked with.  She wanted me to ido a home inspection in Santa Rosa.  She told me that she was in a bind, that a home inspection had just been done on a property she was selling and the report did not include the condition of the roof.  After completing the home inspection I was in the middle of, I drove to the address she gave me, got out my ladder, climbed up to the roof and walked around.  Then I went back to my office and did a roof inspection report and forwarded it to her to help save the deal.

Accessing and walking the roof are the most dangerous parts of the home inspection but imperative.

Few if any home buyers realize or consider the serious consequences of a roofing leak or collection of rainfall around the perimeter of their potential purchase.  It is imperative that these items be properly inspected and reported on by the home inspector.  Inadequate gutters or debris filled gutters can cause water to back up and wick into the edge of roof sheathing, resulting in rotten sheathing, fascia boards and rafter ends.  Standing water around the home's foundation allows tremendous quantities of moisture to seep under the foundation and then wick up through the concrete, both leading to serious consequences over the years.

One inch of rain creates 600 gallons of roof run-off water for every 1000 square feet of roof surface.  Most homes have 2000 square feet or more roof surface area.  Lake County, Mendocino County and Sonoma County to name a few of the immediate surrounding areas have an average annual rainfall of 24 to over 75 inches of rain.  This is typically concentrated in a period of 5 to 6 months.  

A home inspection without having the roof inspected leaves the buyer very vulnerable to future issues.