Originally Posted By: mbailey
This post was automatically imported from our archived forum.
Finding the number of layers on a roof is simply common sense, some knowledge about roofing practices (both good and bad practices), and sometimes some detective work. Roofers can try to hide the number of layers on a roof in several ways.
I do not know what you do or do not know about construction, so...Quite simply ? you count the layers. And if something does not seem right (or look right) you look from a different area of the roof.
Example: Often times front and rear of home may have different number of layers - insurance may have only paid for half the roof to be replaced after a storm, etc?
Example: From the front of the home at the eave line it may look like one layer ? but go look at the gable end and there are two or three (or more). There are several ways roofer/contractors can do this.
? There can oftentimes be much more to it than what I have mentioned but this is the very basics.
Going by your schooling ? we see a roof that looks marginal and nearing the end of its useful life. The report mentions this - but does not mention multiple layers ( because you were trained not to look) - and the client buys the house. Six months later they decide to replace the roof instead of waiting for it to completely disintegrate. They call a roofer to provide an estimate ? he tells your client that there are 3 layers on the roof and that all three layers must be torn off before he can install new. I believe the next phone call your previous client makes will be to you ? or it may be their lawyer calling you instead. Without knowing this basic information about inspections you have jeopardized your reputation, your business, and the HI industry.
Go to the Certainteed website ? http://www.certainteed.com/CertainTeed/Pro/Builder/Roofing/
they have excellent free training modules available that cover roofing and great many of there other products.
I would seriously re-think your HI schooling. Not only for your sake, but your clients? Because if they did not consider this very basic part of roofing and home inspections to be important enough to teach properly?.what else are you not learning that you should be? What else are you not learning that may put you or someone else in danger?
BTW ? in case no one has said it yet?Welcome to NACHI and the NACHI message board. Read, post, share, learn.
Stonegate Property Inspections LLC