Originally Posted By: rwand
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Maybe Barry fell off a roof…
As to the by line No Excuse For Ground-Level Roof Inspections --Barry Stone
I disagree totally. Why would anyone put their life in jeoprady? Who is going to pay for an inspectors down time because of a fall? Who is going to cover for a dead inspector because he fell off a roof and feed his dependents? Does Barry also believe inspectors should walk steep pitched roofs? I don't think so , so why would he suggest walking roofs that are at least two storys?
If anyone is walking roofs that are not easily accessible from an 10 foot ladder are they following proper safety protocols by being tethered and wearing a full fall harness?
Sorry I think Barry is out in left field on this one! I use to go onto roofs most always. Not any longer. If I can't get onto a low slope roof with my fold up ladder, inspections are down from the ground with the assistance of binoculars. It is just not worth the risk.
What are the alternatives? Inspectors should be sure to have purchasers consult with vendor as to exact age. Use of binoculars. Checking attics for underside roof issues, disclosing that the roof was not walked, et ceteras.
But on the other hand I am interested in reading the article at the above link.
The value of experience is not in seeing much,
but in seeing wisely. - Sir William Osler 1905
Registered Home Inspector (R.H.I.)