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Should home inspectors inspect a roof from the ground or should the inspector climb onto the roof?

The roof is typically inspected from the ground
24%
The roof is inspected from the roof
70%
A separate roof inspector should complete the inspection
0%
A roof inspection is not typically included in a normal home inspection
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Not sure
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Question: Should home inspectors inspect a roof from the ground or should the inspector climb onto the roof?
Top Answer (70% of 242 votes): The roof is inspected from the roof.

Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Weather conditions will dictate how the roof can be inspected.
Reality Property Inspections
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: There are limitations. For example, if the roof material can be damaged by walking on it, the roof is usually inspected from the ground, in the attic, etc.
Superior Inspection Services
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Ideally the roof inspection should be from the roof, but this may be limited due to roof height, pitch, weather and roofing materials.
HomeScope Property Inspection Services LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: A home inspector is not required to mount any roof to complete the inspection. A good home inspector will get on a roof to get a close up look at all roof penetrations and areas not visible from the ground.
Safeguard Home Inspection, LLC
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Inspector should climb on roof top.
H&R PROFESSIONAL INSPECTIONS
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Up close is the best way to inspect the roof.
TnT Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: If it is safe and possible to walk the roof the inspector should do so. You should never walk on a slate roof or tile roof. If the roof has a steep pitch it is also unsafe to walk the roof. The home inspector should get as close to the roof as possible if they are not walking it.
Moran Property Inspections
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Most inspectors will walk the roof however, some do not for Different reasons. In some cases it is unsafe to walk a roof if the pitch is too steep, made of certain materials, or it is wet.
Spotlight Home Inspection L.L.C.
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Home Inspectors are not required to walk the roof and can gather enough information from eave height or ground(steep roof) to be sufficient, some are now inspecting with remote drone
MDJ Inspection Services LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Depending on the materials and time of year, safety is always my number one concern. inspection of exterior of roof and in side the attic is mandatory as far as i am concerned.
Property Repair Service & Inspections
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Depends on conditions and how dangerous. Most generally I inspect from the roof.
North State Inspections
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: I inspect the roof from the roof when possible. Otherwise from a ladder or from the ground with binoculars.
Kairos Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: The roof should be inspected from the roof when possible and safe for the inspector. Some roofs are too steep, and therefore have to be inspected from the ground.
Blackland Home Inspections
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: The roof inspector can inspect the roof by means of ladder, scope, walking, drone etc.. The inspector can use any method deemed necessary and safe.
Inspection Pro
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: This is the best practice when possible, however, if weather, pitch or height makes this unsafe an inspection from the ground will be completed.
House Call Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: Most home inspector associations SOP do not require inspectors to walk on roofs. It is a judgment call for each inspector for each job
Buckeye Inspection Services
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: only if pitch isn't to steep
Huskey Home Inspection, LLC
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: It is up to the home inspector whether or not he/she feels safe walking the roof.
BurCan Dynamics LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Always
Allied Services Home Inspection
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: The inspector is not required to climb on the roof. I do in certain situations and conditions are safe.
Millyard Home Inspection
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: In most cases the inspector will walk the roof, but there are occasions where the roof is too steep or it is not possible to walk it without possible damage.
Contractors Corp.
ProMatcher
Answer: A roof inspection is not typically included in a normal home inspection
Explanation: Although full roof inspections are separate, a home inspector can identify potential problem areas.
Brewer Contract Consulting
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: InterNACHI's SOP does not require the inspector to actually "walk" the roof but it is recommended when safe to do so.
Gilded Leaf Home Inspections LLC
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: On the roof is fine as well. Safety first.
TKO Home Inspections, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Only in circumstances where it is dangerous or damage to roof covering materials is likely to occur should the roof not be walked. Personally I walk every roof I can. It is the only way to get a true up close inspection of the roof covering materials (as well as picture documentation for the report). Always ask how the inspector plans on inspecting the roof before you hire them.
Morrow Inspection Services, PLLC
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: You have to get a feel for it by doing it from the roof
Pacific Inspection Group
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Note that the home inspector is not obligated to walk the roof. That doesn't mean they shouldn't. If a roof is safe to walk, we walk it.This allows us to look for even the smallest defects that wouldn't be visible from the ground. Infocus Inspection also has a high-end drone that we fly close to the roof and all chimneys taking ultra-high resolution images that are reviewed carefully for any defects.
InFocus Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: Roof inspections are normally done with telephoto lens from the ground providing roof can be seen from all angles. If not then going up on roof is required
At Ease Home Inspection
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Some inspectors will not go on a roof. Look First Homes makes every attempt to access the roof and walk it to look for defects. In some instances safety will be a factor and we may not be able to walk the roof.
Look First Homes, LLC
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: From the roof only if conditions are safe and accessing the roof wont cause roof damage. Not all homes or roof types can be accessed and some situations will require a ground inspection.
Riverbend Property Inspections LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: The roof can be inspected from the ground or on the roof. Things like roof being to steep, moss growing on the over layment, windy, the roof is wet, has snow or ice on it these are some of the things that will keep an inspector from getting on the roof.
HomeRun Certified Inspections,LLC
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Home Inspectors are not required to physically walk on roofs during a home inspection as per the NCDOI standards of practice. However, ECI Inspections does walk on roofs and uses ladders to access roof surfaces whenever possible.
ECI Inspections
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: The roof is typically inspected from the ground or from the edge of the roof so the inspector does not damage the roof by walking on it. If the inspector feels it is safe to walk on the roof they may do so
Smart Choice Home Inspections of WNY
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Our area depends on time of year and weather conditions. We do what is safe for our inspectors. We also have a spectroscope that goes up to take pictures when the roof is accessible. We also have a drone in specific needs to fly over and video the roof to help with times when it is unsafe to walk a roof.
Master Building Inspectors
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: The roof inspection is one of the most important parts of a home inspection. It should be inspected from both the roof and from inside the attic. Inspecting your roof system from the attic side can reveal many issues of possible concern.
House and Home Inspection Services
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: A good inspection should include walking on the roof when ever possible. Sometimes this can not be possible because of the slope of the roof or access to it. Walking roofs is not a requirement for home inspectors because every situation is different. No inspection is worth dying for but walking on a roof can expose items missed with just using binoculars.
840 Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: Industry standards says a inspector only needs to inspect from the ground (with the use of binoculars) or roof line offor a ladder. Ray REI conducts a roof inspections by physically walking every inch of a roof (when conditions are safe) to insure all areas are seen.
Ray REI
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Roof inspections should be done from the roof if possible.
J. Michael Simon, LLC
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: We always "walk the roof" unless there is a condition present that would make it unsafe. For example, we don't walk the roof in inclimate weather or if the pitch does not allow safe access. At that point we inspect from the ground, with binoculars and a camera, documenting any issues of concern.
Rightway Residential Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Here are some of the best reasons why it’s important to make sure that the inspector does get on the roof. A. They can determine condition of roofing materials. B. They can check soundness of drains, gutters, and downspouts C. They can check the flashing around roof pipes, chimneys, vents valleys, and the mounting of HVAC units. D. They can look at chimneys to make sure its in good condition. E. They can check caps, ridges, and drip edges.
Certified Real Estate Inspectors
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: We do our best to walk the roof.
The Inspection Boys
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: A roof is typically inspected from the roof or a ladder unless circumstances don't allow
Everest Home Inspectors
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: However weather permitting there are times when it's not safe to do so. A reputable inspector would reschedule or return on a day with more favorable weather.
Your Home Property Consultants
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: I work in SW Florida. Roofs are hot. Binoculars work well. No one should be walking a roof unless it is an install or repair. Walking is dangerous and on a hot roof, i could damage the surface.
A Better Choice Home Inspection, Co
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: The roof will be inspe,tes from the roof when the inspector feels.it is safe enough to walk on
House detective
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: LOX Home Imspections, LLC will typically walk a roof if accessible.
LOX Home Inspections, LLC
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: From the ground is typical, however, if accesable we reach the roof to see first hand its condition.
American Home & Environmental
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: According to Standards of Practice in which homes are inspected by, a home inspector isn't required to walk on the roof. However most inspectors, including myself will walk a roof when it is safe to do so.
Rife Home Inspections LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Roof inspections should be done from the roof if possible
Henson Home Inspections
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: Most inspectors in my area will go on top of the roof if not too high.
Pro-Tech Home Inspection llc
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: I personally use the ladders and observe the condition of roof from the sides.
Kent Trader, LLC. Inspection Services
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: You should inspect the roof both on the exterior and interior,climb on top and from the attic
A & H PROPERTIES
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: The roof is always inspected from the roof unless it's unsafe to do so or it would possible damage the roof material.
Superior Home Inspection Services LLC
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: But only if the home inspector is comfortable enough to inspect a roof. Some circumstances may prevent a inspector from walking the roof such as pitch, height, or surface material of roof.
Western Kentucky Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: The roof inspection standards of practice state the house may be inspected from the ground an is left to the inspector to make a safety determination on walking the roof. Some roofs should not be walked on. The slope of the roof, snow, and material type is evaluated by individual inspectors before walking a roof.
Corley Home Inspections, LLC
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: roof should always be walked if accessible
G M M Property Inspections
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: This is a highly disputed topic. I was trained by a state licensed commercial roof engineer and inspector. Issues with a roof always reveal themselves below the system. A leak cannot be detected from above the roof. We examine the shingles (or panels) as needed, from the ground with binoculars. If necessary, we will climb onto the roof if additional evaluation is required.
Hancock Consulting & Inspections, PLLC
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Only under safe conditions.
iInspect
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: A home inspector should inspect the roof, while walking on the roof. However, if the roof is unsafe, then roof should be inspected from the ladder, However, with today's technology roofs can now be inspected with the use of a flying drone that has a camera attached.
JKM Home Inspections
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: Binoculars are typically used for roof inspections from the ground. They can also be conducted from the top of the ladder. We do not walk on the roof because of the liability issues and damage we may cause to the roofing material.
Four County Home Inspection Service, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: A roof is inspected as necessary. Common methods are all visual as necessary by binoculars, drone, and by walking same.
Certipro Home Inspections
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Roof inspection should be from roof under safe conditions when possible
Lighthouse Home Inspections
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: As long as it is safe for the inspector, the you should inspect from the roof.
A&T Home Inspections, Inc.
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: An Inspector is not required to access areas of a home that are determined to be dangerous. It should be included in the written report that a certain area of the home was not able to be inspected due to those conditions.
Legacy Home Inspection & Appraisal LLC
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: this procedure can vary depending on roof condition, height, materials, every house is different
Phoenix Home Inspections LLC
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: It is not really legal for an inspector to get on top of the roof. It is perfectly fine to do at the edge with a ladder and binocular's. Most of the inspection is done in the attic looking for leaks.
Full Service Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Best to get on the roof when ever possible , But some types of roofs should not be walked on.
ATM Home Inspection
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Standards of practice include a roof inspection. Eastern Slope Home inspections, LLC inspects all roofs that are safe and reachable. The roofing material will also determine if traversing the roof would be appropriate.
Eastern Slope Home Inspections
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Typically a roof is and should be inspected from the roof level. If a roof is deemed unsafe, an inspector should never walk a roof. Being on the roof will give you a better scope that you won't see on the ground.
Higher Standards Property Solutions LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Typically a roof inspection consists of inspecting the roof from the eaves and not walking on it which could damage the shingles.
MC2 Home Inspections LLC
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: This inspector will walk and observe roofs from the roof when safety is not compromised for the inspectors safety.
Wilson Property Inspection, LLC
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: walking a roof can cause damage and or injury. most can be seen fine from the ground viewed for leaks from an attic. only flat roofs need close viewing
Greenbush Property Services LLc
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: It's all depends to the type of the building and roof material.
Home Inspection General Co
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: If it is safe the inspector should inspect from roof. Wet or icy shingles or steep sloped roof would be a reason why inspector would inspect from ladder with binoculars.
Kgm home inspections
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: I will always inspect a roof area to the best of my abilities by being on the roof, but in certain situations as for steep slope/pitch of a roof or a rainy day and the roof is high, I am still able to observe from ground or my telescopic camera pole and also inside attic to observe the integrity of a roof.
Straight Street Home & Structural Pest Inspections
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