Should siding be installed touching the roof? It really depends on the siding. Vinyl and aluminum siding are can be install against the roofing if so desired, because they are not damaged by moisture. Any type of wood siding or trim and fiber cement siding should have a two inch gap between its termination and […]Read More about Siding in contact with roofing
A Hidden Danger That Could Have Silently Killed!
On this large older commercial building the roof had been replaced about five years ago. We inspected the roof and other than minor issues it was very functional. There was a big stainless steel flue pipe up the side of the building for the 250,000 BTU boiler that supplied heat to the building. Four hours […]Read More about A Hidden Danger That Could Have Silently Killed!
Determining Roof Condition and Age
What is the condition of the roof ? That is an important question that you will want answered by your home inspection. Replacement of shingles is a big ticket expense that you will want to be able to plan for as much as possible. Ten-thousand dollar surprises are not fun, at least not when the […]Read More about Determining Roof Condition and Age
When Should You Expect To Replace a Roof?
There are basically two styles of roofing shingles used in our area. Three tab shingles and dimensional (often referred to as architectural) shingles, both are asphalt type with a fiberglass matrix and covered with limestone grit. Longer life shingles have more grit than less expensive shorter life shingles. Three tab shingles are usually twenty year […]Read More about When Should You Expect To Replace a Roof?
Read Your Home Inspection Report
Recently a client called with concerns about small issues noted in their report. We discussed these points and I mentioned that he needed to be concentrating on the roof issues. The clay roof tiles were deteriorated, cracked, some missing and very expensive to repair and replace and had he had an expert look at it […]Read More about Read Your Home Inspection Report
Sales Brochure Mentioned The New Roof
Video of sales the listing that said the house had a new roof, take a look it was obvious to our inspector that it was far from new, and a big surprise for our client.
Advertised a New Roof… (How Many Years Ago)
Video of the homes sales brochure: listing advertised that there was a new roof, take a look it was obvious to our Inspector that it was far from new.
Leaking Vent Pipe Boot, Replacement
Where the plumbing vent pipe exits through the roof shingles, there is a metal plate with a rubber gasket (boot) that stops water leaking into the attic. The flashing boot will generally deteriorate and start leaking water into the attic after about twelve years, that’s long before it’s time to re-roof. When boots need to […]Read More about Leaking Vent Pipe Boot, Replacement
Roof Leaks, There is one way of managing them!
In this day and age it’s all about multi tasking in our lives and multi purpose when it comes to equipment. Inspecting an older home, we were surprised to find a secondary use for a kids paddling pool! Up in the attic, strategically positioned to collect water as it leaked into the attic was their […]Read More about Roof Leaks, There is one way of managing them!
Roof Inspections Dangerous for other reasons?
The question after this inspection was finished would have to be, “are roof inspections getting too dangerous”? When inspecting roofs it can be dangerous, we all know that, there is always the risk of slipping and falling off the roof. This was a risk we never thought about as we looked at a bullet lodged […]Read More about Roof Inspections Dangerous for other reasons?
Is Your Incoming Electric Wiring Safe?
BEFORE YOU GO CLEANING GUTTERS and carrying ladders around you should perform a safety check. Look to see where your electrical service comes in. If it is to a roof mast or attached to the side of your home, take a look at the electrical connection between the power company wire and the wire from […]Read More about Is Your Incoming Electric Wiring Safe?
Roof Dryer Vents Often Wrong Type
The most common problem we see with dryer vents is with roof terminations of the dryer vent pipe where the home has been re-roofed. The correct vent is the first photo. The screen must be removed for use with a clothes dryer or it becomes blocked with lint and poses a fire hazard. The second […]Read More about Roof Dryer Vents Often Wrong Type