Home Inspector with Border Home Inspections

I was recently inspecting a commercial building and noted a large section of shingles missing from the roof. It occurred to me that this damage likely happened during Mondays storm. From the ground I could not see any damage but when I walked on the roof (which I always endeavor to do) I quickly noticed the problem. In this case the shingles remained on the roof. Often you will see the torn shingles on the ground. If you notice any shingles on the ground it is time to do some repairing ASAP. if you let this type of issue go even for a short time it could cost you a lot of money down the road. Remember to hire only qualified contractors to fix your shingles as a poor repair is not much better then no repair. Shingles are designed to be easily repaired so get it fixed yourself or hire it done so you don’t need an inspector to come out later on to do mold and air quality testing.

missing shingles

Comments (4)

Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Aulden, I'm glad to see you try to get on the roofs. I'm amazed at the number of inspectors afraid to do so! They will miss a lot of defects!

Jul 23, 2011 04:45 PM
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Anytime you are missing shingles, a repair is needed. You make a good point to check after a storm!

Jul 23, 2011 04:49 PM
Charlottesville, VA

Just wanted to welcome you to Active Rain

Best of luck to you

your friend in Charlottesville

Jul 24, 2011 12:49 PM
Aulden Reid
Border Home Inspections - Lloydminster, AB
Aulden Reid
I do make every effort to get on roofs and crawl through tight spots. There is a lot of so called inspection trainers out there teaching that inspectors should not take any risks. My thoughts are that we need to access the dangers and get to the job we were hired to do. Our clients need our best effort and that includes going to the tough spots which by the way are usually the most critical areas of the home.
Jul 27, 2011 10:35 PM