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Roofing Defects?



Did you know that replacing roofing materials of the home is one of the most expensive home repairs you may have to make? That why before you buy it's important to have the home and the roofing materials fully inspected. Protect yourself and know if the roof will need to be repaired or replaced.

Moisture is the homes, Enemy

Moisture intrusion can cause all kinds of issues with a home.

Roofing protects against the elements.

Roofing protects your home from moisture intrusion. If the roofing materials were improperly installed or at the end of their lifespan it’s very important for a potential home buyer to know before the inspection option period expires. After closing the buyer becomes responsible for all needed repairs to the home. A failing roof will cost a new homeowner thousands to replace. Whenever a home inspector recommends a roofing contractor it’s a good idea to schedule the roofer to come out and take a look at the roofing. Failure to do so could leave you in dark and not knowing how serious the issues are. The other benefit is having the estimates to repair or replace the materials. Having the estimates will help you properly negotiate with the seller so you don’t get stuck with expensive repairs or replacement costs.

What king of issues could be found by your Houston inspector?

Roofing Debris This is an overlooked maintenance issue that I find often. Debris left to collect on the roof will eventually cause the roofing materials to prematurely fail and leaking will began.
Picture from roof of debris present at roof area.
Make sure to add this to your spring maintenance list so you don’t fail your roofing materials.

Leaking around roof boots

Elastomeric material around plumbing stacks failing. Here in Houston separation can be found around the plumbing vents. The seals around these plumbing vents do not last as long as the roofing materials in most cases and will acquire maintenance usually around 11-13-year-old roofs in the Houston Texas area. Once the seals wear out around the pipe water begins running down the pipe into the attic space. Causing damage to the decking around the plumbing vent and other areas of the attic.
Worn out roof boot photo Houston house inspector
The lead roof boots are more durable and last longer if you can keep the squirrels away from them. If your moving to a home with mature trees than the squirrels may destroy the lead roof boots and than they will begin to leak.
Squirrels damage of a lead roof boot photo.
Roof boots lifting is a good opportunity for wind-driven rains to enter into the structure. Overtime the causing damage and conducive conditions for mold growth.
Photo of a lifting roof boot.
Roof boots lifting is a good opportunity for wind-driven rains to enter into the structure. Overtime the causing damage and conducive conditions for mold growth.
Photo of damaged ridge cap shingles
Damaged ridge cap shingles and exposed nails. Damaged ridge cap shingles are often found at shingles that are older.
Photo of ridge cap shingle with exposed nail
Exposed nails at ridge cap is a common find. Any exposed nail penetrating through roofing materials have the potential to leak. Exposed nails at the ridge cap shingles are common and require regular maintenance. The nail heads should be sealed to prevent leaking.
Significant uniform granular loss Uniform Significant granular loss at asphalt roofing materials is a sign that roofing materials are near the end of there expected lifespan. When a home buyer sees this condition on there home inspection report they should be prepared to get estimates for roofing material replacement cost. Because it will be just a matter of time before the roof starts developing roof leaks.SO your feeling very good about that home your purchasing because a lot of the items are brand new like the roofing materials.
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SO your feeling very good about that home your purchasing because a lot of the items are brand new like the roofing materials. This is where you need to be careful just because it's new doesn't mean it was installed correctly. I can't even count how many poorly installed roofs I have come across at a home inspection performed in the Houston Texas area. I have seen roof's at brand new homes and older homes where shingles were missing in areas, missing flashing, missing roof jacks, etc, but here are the one defects that really gets me nails not driven in all the way or nails that were driven all the way through the roofing material. Penetrating nails on a newer roof This is an example of poor workmanship this roof appeared to be less than five years old and is covered with nails penetrating through the face of the shingle leaving many areas where water can enter into the structure. There were also many areas where the nails were driven through the singles making the roof vulnerable to shingles blowing off the roof during high winds. This all was easily prevented if the roofer would have adjusted the compressor properly and driven any nails down flush. I guess the roofer was just too lazy and didn't care about workmanship completing the job as fast as possible leaving a problem and expense for the homeowner. Once again make sure your Houston area home inspector is performing quality inspections and not low quality like this roofer. If the roof area is not walked by your home inspector than more than likely this will not be visible from the ground area have Houston's Edge home inspections LLC saves you money from low-quality roofing companies. Always remember just because it's newer doesn't mean it will last a long time. If items are not installed correctly it will significantly limit the life of the product. Learn more about the services I provide click this link.

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