Accoring to the Res. SOP:
I. The inspector shall inspect from ground level or eaves: A. the roof covering; [and]
E. the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible
panels, doors or stairs.
So, I’m a supposed to inspect the structure of the roof from the ground or eaves; or from the panels, doors and stairs? If you read the SOP 2.1.I.A. and E. all together as a sentence, it doesn’t make sense (IMHO). There are too many vantage points.
I’m not a structural engineer. Why am I required to inspect the structure of the roof from all these vantage points? Gees. What if the slight sag is from a structural defect that is beyond my understanding as a generalist?
A judge might have the opinion: If there’s anything wrong (ANYTHING wrong) with the structure of the roof, there is no excuse for not seeing it, since the inspector is required to inspect the roof structure from all those numerous vantage points.
I believe there appears to be too much emphasis on inspecting the structure of the roof. And there doesn’t need to be.