The main purpose of a properly designed roof is to prevent nature's elements from invading the interior of a home.

A visual inspection will evaluate the existing condition and serviceability of the following points:


  • WOOD SHINGLE / SHAKE: buckling, unevenness, number of layers, exposed nails, weathering, aging, cracking, brittleness, curling, missing pieces, over exposure, loose pieces, debris buildup, decay, flat grain shakes used, missing, separated or loose ridge shingles
  • TILE: type (concrete / clay, corrugated plastic, metal etc.), weathering, aging, cracking, chipping, missing pieces, loose pieces, broken, displaced, exposed nails, moss, delamination, debris buildup.
  • LOW PITCHED / FLAT: type (tar & gravel, rolled, membrane etc.) blistering, deteriorated paper, alligatoring, open seams, exposed nails, poor drainage/ponding, debris buildup, moss, bare areas, delamination, buckled or raised areas, venting
  • SURFACE: appearance of functionality within its useful lifespan, improper installation, previous repairs, near the end of its useful life, possible water permeation, poorly sealed roof penetrations
  • EXPOSED FLASHINGS: type (metal, composition, mastic etc.), rusting, looseness, improper installation, missing, separation, damage, erosion, deteriorated vent caps, improper sloping to chimney, deterioration of sealing or caulking


  • ACCESS: full, partial, none etc.
  • HATCH LOCATION: ceiling, garage, hall, bedroom, closet etc.
  • DECKING: shiplap, plywood, h-clips, strapping, OSB, abnormal moisture stains/mildew
  • VENTILATION: blockage, upgraded venting needed
  • INSULATION: loose, type, depth, adequacy, etc
  • ROOF STRUCTURE TYPE: trusses, rafter, collar ties, girder etc.
  • STRUCTURE CONDITION: sagging, broken, altered, unsafe wiring, damaged or sagging sheathing, incorrect ducting, stains, missing vapor barrier, loose duct or skylight insulation, vaulted or cathedral ceiling.

GENERAL: Any obvious immediate condition that may appear to impede efficiency, cause premature failure, or pose a health or safety risk.

NOTE: If any point of a regular inspection is concealed, or not accessible to the inspector it will not be included in the inspection.