Does a Home Inspector Walk a Roof?

Does a Home Inspector Walk a Roof?

While many clients have the expectation that every roof should be walked, a home inspector is not required to walk a roof. Most trade organizations, National Associations, and state statutes only require the inspector to identify the method used to inspect the roof. With multiple ways to inspect a roof, it’s truly up to the inspector to make that determination if walking a roof is required. In short, the answer to “Does a home inspector walk a roof?” can vary depending on the home and condition. Learn more with The BrickKicker!

How to Inspect a Roof

When it comes to how to inspect a roof, there is no one size fits all approach. Different situations can call for different techniques, such as the use of a drone. However, a trained inspector will be able to provide a thorough inspection no matter their approach.

Ways to Inspect a Roof

  • * Walking a roof- Typically the easiest way to cause damage to it. If a roof has a significant slope the walking of the roof will loosen the granules and potentially cause damage. What’s more, if the conditions are very hot, the roof will be extremely pliable, and if the conditions are cold, roof shingles will be brittle and easily damaged.
  • * Using a ladder-   This is very effective for getting a bird’s eye view of the representative surface of the roof.  The inspector can lift, bend, touch, and visually inspect the condition of the roof surface.  The typical condition at the edge is consistent throughout the entire roof system.
  • * Second-floor window- Opening the window and physically touching the roof is similar to using a ladder at the roof’s edge.
  • * Drones- Flying the drone around the roof will certainly provide a bird’s eye view of the entire roof system, including the chimney, venting, flashing, and skylights.
  • * Long camera mounted pole- This places a camera high in the air and shows the entire upper areas of the roof and the roof systems without having to fly a drone or damage anything. The inspector does have to be careful around live electricity and lightning when using this approach.

Schedule a Roof Inspection With The BrickKicker

The inspector’s responsibility is to work hard for every client and provide the best inspection possible. At The BrickKicker, we’ll use whatever method is required to provide a high-quality inspection without damaging your roof. Contact us about booking your home inspection today!

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