Roof Inspection

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There are several methods we use when inspecting a roof. Typically, it is walked on, checked from a window from above, by a ladder at the eave, or from the ground with binoculars. If at all possible, the roof should be walked on, unless it would damage the material, or it would be unsafe or dangerous (winter months or after rain) to the inspector. As a minimum, a ladder should be placed at the eaves, and the evaluation performed from that location. Windows from above provide an excellent opportunity to evaluate as much of the roof as possible from that location. The last resort is inspecting it from the ground with binoculars.

Our inspectors shall inspect:

  • roofing materials.
  • roof drainage systems.
  • flashing.
  • skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations.


  • roofing material.
  • methods used to inspect the roof.

Our inspectors are not required to inspect:

  • antennae.
  • interiors of flues or chimneys that are not readily accessible.
  • other installed accessories.

Common defects found during inspections:Roof Deterioration

  • Worn deteriorated materials.
  • Improper materials used for pitch or slope.
  • Chimney deterioration.Chimney
  • Flashing improperly installed or damaged.
  • Fasteners working loose or exposed.
  • Hail or other damage.
  • More than two layers of shingles present.
  • Skylights that are leaking.