Should I Walk On This Home?

Home inspectors Should Think.

Home inspectors should think twice before walking on wooden shingles and shakes, clay tiles, slate and other forms of roofing.
The home inspector should be knowledgeable about all roofing surfaces.  
If you damage the roof you are responsible. If you slip and fall you are responsible.

Inspecting roof membranes/coverings and metal flashings/copings requires an integral understanding to the material, application process, weather, age and more. 

When inspecting wooden shingles and shakes, clay tiles, slate and other forms of roofing. always take the time to determine first whether or not you should walk on the roof.  

Wooden shingles and shakes, clay tiles, slate and other forms of roofing. that are wet, covered with moss, or mildew are very slippery. 

Do not walk on the roof if any of those conditions exist. 
If  wooden shingles and shakes, clay tiles, slate and other forms of roofing.is badly deteriorated, you'll break them if you walk on the roof. Avoid getting on the roof if the condition is bad. 


Better yet, inspect from the eave and be safe.

There is no home inspection standard of practice that states a home inspector must mount the roof. The image was 

InterNACHI SOP for roofing.
V. The inspector is not required to:

  1. walk on any roof surface.
  2. predict the service life expectancy. 
  3. inspect underground downspout diverter drainage pipes. 
  4. remove snow, ice, debris or other conditions that prohibit the observation of the roof surfaces.
  5. move insulation. 
  6. inspect antennae, satellite dishes, lightning arresters, de-icing equipment, or similar attachments.
  7. walk on any roof areas that appear, in the opinion of the inspector, to be unsafe.
  8. walk on any roof areas if it might, in the opinion of the inspector, cause damage. 
  9. perform a water test.
  10. warrant or certify the roof.
  11. confirm proper fastening or installation of any roof-covering material.

 


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