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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
23%
The roof is inspected from the roof
72%
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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Question: Should home inspectors inspect a roof from the ground or should the inspector climb onto the roof?
Top Answer (72% of 265 votes): The roof is inspected from the roof.

Answer: The roof is typically inspected from the ground
Explanation: We use a telescoping pole and wi-fi camera so that we can see all areas of the roof and get very detailed photos. Without having to walk on a roof that might be unsafe or damage the roof in anyway.
A Affordable Home Inspector LLC
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: It is required by the Arkansas Standards of Practice that the roof be walked on safely.
Eastridge Home Inspections of Arkansas, LLC
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: The roof needs to be inspected up close so the inspector can clearly see if there are any issues with it, the inspector doesn't necessarily need to walk on the entire roof, but will need to get an up close look at the roof to get a good view of it.
Pinkerton Inspection Agency LLC
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Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: As long as it is safe for the inspector to walk on the roof, he/she should inspect the entire roof from the surface of the roof.
Michael Moffitt, Moffitt Property Inspections & Consulting
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: The roof is inspected by walking on the roof whenever it is safe to do so.
Louisville Home Inspections LLC
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: There are times when the roof cannot be inspected from walking on it due to a steep pitch and,or increased height.
HouseMaster Home Inspections
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Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: If possible, the roof should be walked upon to inspect. Often it is unsafe to do so however. I typically use a ladder and get up above the eves and with a X50 optical zoom camera, really look at everything. I also use a pole camera that goes up about 28 feet to look at those areas that are not accessible. And also binoculars from the ground. I utilize any method I can to inspect the roof.
Mountain View Inspection Services
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: The roof should be inspected from the roof. However, If the roof is too steep or not accessible from a one story level or it is raining during the inspection, etc. the inspector may choose to inspect it from the ground with binoculars or from the edge of the roof it is is accessible.
Space City Inspections, LLC
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
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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
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Unless there are mitigating reasons not to, a roof inspection should be performed from the roof. Some reasons that an inspector would not inspect from the roof are, slope, roof coverings (snow, leaves, etc), or unable to access, such as a very tall roof, three or more stories up.
Johnson Services LLC
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.
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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.
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: The roof is inspected from the roof
Explanation: Although the practice of using drones is on the rise.
Highland Home Inspections, LLC
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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.
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
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