BOULDER – Replacing a roof can be quite an investment. Most lenders and insurance companies require that the roof be included in a home inspection. These companies want to protect their investments and as a buyer you don’t want to be stuck with a bill that you weren’t expecting.
A roof inspection report is based on visible evidence, which can often be gathered in part without walking on the roof. The report should include how much of the roof was inspected and where it was inspected from. Items that your inspector should list in the report include, but are not limited to; cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing, shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering; masses of moss and lichen (which could signal the roof is decaying underneath), missing or broken shingles, cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes, missing or damaged chimney cap.
An inspection of the underside of the roof from the attic can reveal possible leaks or weak spots. Other indicators of possible or potential roof problems are: dark areas on ceilings, damp spots alongside fireplaces, water stains on pipes venting the furnace or water heater, peeling paint on the underside of roof overhangs.
Having a well- maintained roof is one of the most important aspects of a house. A poorly installed or maintained roof can cause damage throughout a home. In most states, a properly installed and ventilated roof can last 20 years or more.
By Rick Jacquemard, Flatirons Home Inspections.