The roof condition is a critical factor in maintaining a healthy, safe, and long lasting home. It is the first line of defense from the elements and is single most expensive system in the house to replace. It is critical that the roof system be inspected as part of a home purchase. The condition of the roof is also of importance to insurance companies. A failing roof system can lead to unnecessary claims. Roof failure can lead to moisture intrusion and biological growth, such as mold and wood decay fungi. Roofs can fail for a variety of reasons. Factors that contribute to roof failure are many. The type of roofing material, attic ventilation, levels of shade and sunlight, geographic location, windstorm and hail damage, and workmanship of installation, all contribute to the longevity of the roof system. Eventually, every roof will wear out due to age.
Home buyers who do not have an inspection run the risk of purchasing a property with the issues pictured below.
The first picture details missing roof flashing around the plumbing stack. JCM Building Services discovered this defect during an insurance roof inspection. The home owner bought the house without an inspection. He didn’t think he needed one since the roof was new. This is a case of poor workmanship.
JCM Building Services discovered the next situation during a home inspection. The seller had attempted to disguise the roof issues by replacing the roof shingles. The active leaks had led to wood rot or wood decay fungi destruction of the roof deck and sheathing. Mold and other mold like biological growth was discovered inside the house, growing behind the walls. The seller was attempting to disguise the situation with paint.