Whether you own a property, are selling or buying one, it is important to remember the roof. Roof inspections are important to the overall value and condition of a building. It may be easy to see a clearly damaged roof, but it is not always so easy. Sometimes the damage is subtler from years of wear and cannot be detected by untrained eyes. The sooner damage is found and addressed, the less expensive your problems will be. Property buyers should be on the lookout for damage, as this can be used in the negotiation process to their advantage. Built-up roofs are most common these days and consist of either tar or gravel finishes.

Staying On Top Of Roof Inspections

Built-up gravel roofing needs regular maintenance because weather and time can cause gravel to move and leave areas of roofing exposed. Open areas can be easily damaged by the sun or water causing quick deterioration. Ponding can also occur on roofing that doesn’t have a pitch as well as blocked drains. Clearing drains of debris are essential when it comes to keeping your roof protected from build-up.

Every building inspection needs to include a roof inspection, conducted by an inspector. They will walk along the roof to look for damage or concerns. Often the sellers of a property will prevent the inspectors from walking on their roof, in which case you need to find an alternative solution. Any competent inspector can walk the roof for an evaluation except when:

  • The pitch is too steep
  • The roof is too high (cannot be reached by a regular ladder)
  • There is ice, snow or moss present that can be slippery
  • There are tiles that can break easily

There is already signs of deterioration and the foot traffic will only cause further damage. Outside of these exceptions, the CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Association) recommends that every home buyer should ensure a roofing inspection is conducted as part of the home evaluation process.

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