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There is a right way and a wrong way to do things especially when it comes to installing a roof covering. The pictures in this post are a pictorial representation of how NOT to install rolled roofing or shingles for that matter. While inspecting a property in Franklin, TN, this 3 year old installation definitely had some problems that will cost the seller some bucks.

Picture one illustrates a bad tear (red arrow) in the rolled roofing which had not been overlapped and sealed properly. The white arrows show questionable sealing where the tabs adjoin the rolled roofing.

Picture 2 is a classic illustration on how not to terminate the valley seam. The asphalt shingles need to be installed over the rolled roofing. It will be just a matter of time before this whole thing leaks like a sieve.

And just for laughs, let’s not overlook the Bucky Beaver effect(white arrows) and the customized stack boot (magenta).

This posting and the contents written here are the intellectual property of Michael Thornton of Complete Home Inspections, Inc. providing home inspections for Brentwood, Nashville, Davidson and Williamson Counties of Middle Tennessee. The views and opinions expressed are just that - views and opinions of Michael Thornton and those who comment. This post is a contribution to the ActiveRain Real Estate Network.

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Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Maybe the roofer was really a brick layer!

Apr 10, 2008 11:18 PM #1
Gary McAdams
GMAC Schwartz Property Sales - Key West, FL
That one looks like a rough roof.  In most of your photos, which I enjoy every day, I have to really look to see the problems.  Remember, I'm not a pro so I miss a lot.  These however, were pretty clear.  Did the deal close?  Did the seller concede any money?  We have a lot of deals die because a cheap seller won't fix anything saying it is an "AS IS" sale.
Apr 10, 2008 11:22 PM #2
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
Gary, I just inspected this yesterday so I have no idea.
Apr 10, 2008 11:32 PM #3
Donna Marie Godfrey
Godfrey Properties - Pottstown, PA

Picky, picky, picky...

Apr 10, 2008 11:36 PM #4
June Piper-Brandon
Remax New Beginnings - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
This looks like a harvey homeowner roof to me.  I enjoy reading your blog and often chuckle at the way people do things.  Your blog is very informative and provides me with good daily information to help my clients.  Thanks.
Apr 11, 2008 12:10 AM #5
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Morning Mike,

Could it be the contractor intended to hold a class on what not to do using this project as their classic example? Hey, just a thought!

Have a great weekend.


Apr 11, 2008 12:14 AM #6
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN
That's one realson I like new construction.
Apr 11, 2008 12:31 AM #7
Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Ive seen kids in shop class that can do a better job than that.....what a hack-job.

Apr 11, 2008 12:32 AM #8
Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner

Now that looks like they were trying to save water by running it right into the home! lol

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Apr 11, 2008 12:50 AM #9
Sean Allen
International Financing Solutions - Fort Myers, FL
International Financing Solutions

Don't see rolled roofing much in our part of the world, but I use to se it occasionally back in Kentucky. Never did like the stuff, but I guess it serves its purpose.

Sean Allen

Apr 11, 2008 01:24 AM #10
Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections
IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581 - Canton, GA
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WOW, what a roof job, looks like this guy did about as good as I did on my plumbing adventure, might want to leave it to the professionals next time. 
Apr 11, 2008 03:41 AM #11
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