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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
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The roof is inspected from the roof
71%
A separate roof inspector should complete the inspection
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A roof inspection is not typically included in a normal home inspection
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Question: Should home inspectors inspect a roof from the ground or should the inspector climb onto the roof?
Top Answer (71% of 250 votes): The roof is inspected from the roof.

Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: A roof inspection should be included in all home inspections because the roof protects the entire home. It is accepted practice for inspectors to inspect roofs from the ground for safety reasons, but here at Shedhorn Inspection Services, we believe it is necessary to get up on the roof to do a complete and thorough inspection. All of our inspectors carry ladders with them and will inspect the roof from the roof, if possible and safe.
Shedhorn Inspection Services, LLC
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: It is not required for the inspector to get on the roof and all inspections can be done from the ground or by ladder at the edge of the roof or by Drone
Vertex Inspections
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: The roof should be walk or at least viewed from a ladder. Drones are becoming more common to view roofs.
Aspire Inspection Services
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Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: We believe the roof should be inspected from the roof. Things can be missed if just it is inspected from a ladder or by drone/pictures.
Dynamic Inspections & Construction Services, LLC.
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Normally the roof is inspected from the roof unless the roof is unsafe for the home inspector.
Corpus Christi Home Inspections
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: When it can be done a roof should be walked on by the inspector. Rain and the pitch of a roof may not allow for this every time but as a rule of thumb the roof should be walked.
Heritage Inspectors
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.
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: If its not raining and the roof looks to be in good shape it should be walked. People look from a ladder or a drone and I feel as though its not the same. You wont see the small stuff from 20 foot away and same goes for looking at a Tiney screen.
Homeinspections123
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: The roof is inspected from the roof line. If the roof could be damaged by walking on it, it should be done at the top of the ladder.
Royalty Home Solutions, Inc
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: According to the Standards of Practices the inspectors are not required to walk on the roofs of the home due to creating damage to that roof. It is at the discretion of the inspector to whether he or she chooses to do so. There can be many factors involved in that choice, being the hieght or pitch of the roof, or the materials that were used in the covering of the roof. Age could also place a factor in that decision. The inspector should be able to use there ladder in multiple spots if necessary to give a good visual inspection and assessment of the roofing.
Meadow Brook Home Inspection
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: Some inspectors will walk on the roof,but there is a risk of damage.
Able Home Inspections
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: Typically the roof is inspected from the ground with the aid of binoculars and inspected from the attic as to condition of framing, sheathing, ventilation etc.
Ray Inspection Services Corp
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: The roof should be inspected from the top or the perimeters of the house. There are several instruments used to inspect the roof condition such as drones, cameras w/ extended poles, among others.
HOME INSPECTOR USA
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: I personal like to inspect the roof by walking the roof. This is not always possible so ground inspections with binoculars is done when to roof is determined to be unsafe.
Best Choice Inspections
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Although the practice of using drones is on the rise.
Highland Home Inspections, LLC
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: We walk every roof we can safely get on (note safely). You cannot see many issues unless you are up close and person with a roof. In addition you can often see the chimney from the roof.
Honest Home Inspections & Milwaukee Mold Inspector
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: We do not climb on the roof because of safety issues & because it could damage the roof. We do inspect roofs from the ground & from a ladder placed next to roof areas, take photos of the roof & zoom in for details.
Home Inspection Solutions
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Standards expect inspectors to walk the roof, unless it is unsafe (wet, steep pitch or style) or in some cases on very hot days damage can occur to asphalt roofs.
MTK Inspection Services
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: In most cases the roof is inspected by walking on it. There are some roofs due to slope or based on the roof covering where this is not just a safety problem, but can damage the roof. Slate and certain tile roofs fall under this category.
ABC Home Inspections LLC
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: The roof should be inspected from the roof, but there are times when is must be inspected from a ladder or the ground. Snow, rain, or any condition that could cost harm to the inspector.
A Balance Home Inspection
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: every inspection can be done from the top of a ladder with binoculars but it is best to traverse the roof when ever possible.
Thomas Property Services
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: A roof inspection can be inspected on the roof when possible. If the roof poses a danger to the inspector or may result in damage to the roof, it is best inspected from the ground.
Coast Home Inspection
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: Most inspectors will not climb a traditional (non-flat) roof. The only true way to determine leaks and effectiveness is through an inspection of the attic. There is also the chance to damage a roof by walking on it causing leaks. Flat roofs should be walked.
North Dynamic Inspections
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Don't trust an inspection of a roof from the ground. Gotta see the roof covering up close and the flashing. Patrick Erb Home Inspection Services Licensed Home Inspection AL # HI3083 HUD # 638 erbhomeservices@gmail.com 205-412-5256 More Information About Me http://erbhomeservices.wix.com/patrickerb www.promatcher.com/ErbHomeServicesInspection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f94FUNkxZX0&feature=share
Patrick Erb Home Services INSPECTION AL#HI3083
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: A roof inspection should always be done by climbing the roof unless it is unsafe to do so. A complete roof inspection should always be done by walking the roof surface.
Brighton Home Inspection
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: When the home inspector feels the roof-top inspection is safe it is the best and most thorough way to inspect. We at Connected Inspectors try our best to inspect from on the roof to best know the actual condition. If it is not safe to climb on the roof, the ladder would be moved along all edges to view all roofing surfaces, penetrations, and flashings.
Connected Services Group, LLC
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: The roof inspection is a part of the comprehensive home inspection, but the inspector should never walk on walk on the roof if his/her safety is at risk or risking damaging the roof. Other means of inspecting should be used.
A Closer Look Property Inspections, LLC
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
ProMatcher
Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: Some inspectors walk roofs, which can damage roofs, as well as be a safety hazard for the inspector. A roof can be inspected from the ground with a good quality pair of binoculars, as well as when inspecting the attic for signs of roof leaks, and decking condition.
A Home Detective Inspection Service
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
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