Bellingham WA Home Inspection (King of the House): Leaky Roof

Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

 The photo below was quite an opportunity for a home inspector. Frequently an inspector sees a roof that has seen better days. If a composition roof, such as the one at this home, that can include missing granular material, tears, holes and penetrations, moss, debris, tar repairs, bad flashings or just plain lousy installation. Even though an inspector often sees those problems, it is not often the case that one actually sees a significant leak below the roof. Heavy rain was coming down and first I noticed a large damp spot on the sheathing used as an attic floor. When I looked up at the rafters above, I saw that a whole section was soaking wet and water was coming in from above. Fact is, it is not unusual for sellers to want to argue with home inspectors that a roof is "better" than the inspector says it is. In this case, there was not much room for argument. This time the evidence clearly supported my position. Obviously, over time, a problem like this can lead to big issues including rot and mold.

Thanks for looking.

Bellingham Home Inspector

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