Roof Problems?

Take a look at this roof I inspected recently and tell me what you would write up. It looks buckled in several places from the outside. It looks even worse from the inside, with sheathing lifting so far off of the trusses that some nails are no longer even touching. The sheathing was installed with no “h” clips and no spacing between at all.



Personally, I’m not a roofer so I would just report the condition exactly as observed and recommend a** licensed** roofer.

(One should always recommend a “licensed” whatever, whenever…that way one is off the hook. One might simply say it needs to be repaired–so the buyer gets his brother-in-law to do it, and guess who gets in trouble for it because he didn’t say it had to be someone who knew what he was doing…)

You should always include “Qualified” with “Licensed”, many licenxed specialists are not qualified to do their jobs.

Looks like a simple fix.

Hard to tell what the problem is on the first pic. Usually it’s a high fascia board or high gutter, but it almost looks like the decking has bucked off the rafters. Probably replace some shingles and just nail the decking here and install an over sized drip edge. See if the gutter is sagging and fix if needed. Drop a small rock or roofing nail down the downspout to make sure it’s not clogged with tennis balls and/or debris. Your right on the second pic. They butted it to tight but appears to have ventilation. They could remove the shingles, cut a 1/4 gap and re-nail the decking. But it may warp up again, so better to replace it here. It’s bucked up like it would be plywood, but guessing from the vinyl siding, it must be osb on 24 centers which should have clips.

Hey Lewis,
Everyone here in New Mexico is a licensed roofer as long as they have a contractors license and most think the license is all they need to be “qualified” so how do I define a “Qualified Roofer” as opposed to a regular roofer?:twisted:

Exerpt from “The Complete Home Inspection Book”

"You should use the term “qualified contractor” in your recommendation in order to protect yourself. If you don’t and a client hires someone who’s not qualified and they wind up battling each other in court, you may join one of them as a defendant.

“Qualified” is one of those terms that are hard to define. Contractors often make decisions that originally were made by an engineer. Contractors base these decisions on their years of experience and assume liability for the results. A contractor who usually makes good decisions is qualified. One who usually makes bad decisions is on his way into court and out of business. This is also true for Home Inspectors."