What Is A Qualified Roof Inspector?
Good question and most homeowners rightly assume that most roof inspectors that are spending money on advertising and have a license number on their website or vehicle are qualified but they are definitely not.
I recently did a roof inspection for an elderly woman on a concrete tile roof. When she originally called, she said she that she that “more than 1 roofer had tried to figure it out”.
The roof looked pretty good, but at the patio where the leaks were there was inadequate slope ranging from 3/12 to 1.5 /12, as well as 2 broken tiles that had been glued back together or “mended” as some contractors prefer to call it.
The slope is so far below the required 4/12 that it the only real surprise is that the roof hadn’t leaked worse sooner.
When the customer was given this information, she asked what could be done.
I advised her that the only safe, long term option is to upgrade the underlayment to the required 3 ply or equivilent. (essentially replace or re set that portion of the roof) to which she replied “Im not going to do that” and walked away, which I can understand…she did not want to hear that.
Upon calling another “qualified roof inspector” she was told it was an easy fix, just replace the broken tiles.
Now of course, this makes it look like I was trying to sell a bunch of work which I wasn’t and made a strong effort to explain my responsibility to provide her with accurate information as well as use only legal and accepted methods for my repairs, which she took as condescending.
Sometimes you can only win by sticking with your principles because the knowledge that you did will be the only possible reward.
More to the point, the other roof inspector told her what she wanted to hear, got the repair job and everybody is happy….until Febuary.
The other inspector is better because he does more inspections right?
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