The roofing inspection means the inspector grabs a ladder and climbs on to the roof to see what happening up there. We want to make sure that we have be thorough in the inspection and this is the only way to inspect the roof.
Once the residential home inspector is on the roof, they check the age and condition of the shingles, tin or tiles. Being on the roof allows the inspector to see any cracked, buckling, peeling, missing or broken shingles. They will also check that vents and skylights are properly sealed. If they are not, then moisture has a pretty good opportunity to work its way into the attic.
Before the home inspector heads to the attic, he provides a thorough inspection of the eves, gutturs and downspouts. You want to be sure the water is running off the roof properly and away from the structure. If the downspouts or gutters are filled with twigs or leaves, they will not work effectively.
Another portion of the inspection includes looking to see if the downspouts are properly joined at the gutters and attached to the house. Sometime the downspouts do get disconnected which means the water is not draining away from the foundation properly. Over time, if this drainage issue isn't repaired, the water can cause foundation issues including cracking and water penetration into the basement.
In the attic, the inspector will look for evidence of mold and moisture. If there is any moisture, there is likely to be mold. This mold can cause health issues.
Another issue with moisture is that shows that there is a breach of the roof or attic and the rain or snow is getting inside. Our comprehensive home inspection means that our inspector will be able to identify the cause of the issue so that it can be properly repaired.
Sometimes we find evidence of animals living in the attic too. Raccoons, squirrels and mice can all have homes there. These critters can damage the wood framing or electrical wiring. If the animals are present, there must be a way they got there. We look to see how they gained access to the attic and include in in our inspection report.