Here are the goals when inspecting the roofing system:

  • to report on the type of roof covering material;
  • to report on the visible condition of the roof covering;
  • to inspect and report on the visible flashings;
  • to evaluate the roof drainage and gutter system;
  • to report any overhanging tree branches that may have an
    adverse effect on the roof covering;
  • to report on the chimney system;
  • to identify any obvious deficiencies of “through-the-roof”
    components and their flashings;
  • to report on any visible deficiencies in the underlying structure (for example, “swayback” ridge beams);
  • to report the methods used to inspect the roof (for example, from the eaves with a ladder, or from ground with binoculars);
  • to inspect and report on roofing trim, such as rake boards,
    soffits and fascia boards; and
  • to report on any visible roofing problems that can be inspected from accessible areas of the attic, such as signs of sheathing problems, evidence of moisture intrusion, or damaged structural components, such as split rafters and damaged trusses.

 It is also important to understand what you are NOT required to do, such as:

  • walk on every roof surface;
  • report on the future life expectancy of roof coverings and systems;
  • warranty the roof;
  • inspect most connected components, such as antennae, solar panels, etc.;
  • report on underground gutter terminations; or
  • inspect the roof framing system if not readily accessible.