June 7, 2016

Roofing Inspection

Roofing InspectionAs per the International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection set by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, B to B Home Inspections will inspect your roofing abiding by the following:

Ed Lawton, the inspector at B to B Home Inspections, shall inspect roofing from ground level or the eaves.  At the time of this part of the inspection, the inspector will inspect

  • the roof-covering materials;
  • the gutters;
  • the downspouts;
  • the vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations; and
  • the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs.



The inspector shall describe the type of roof-covering materials.


The inspector shall report if in need of correction any observed indications of active roof leaks.

Please note, the inspector is not required to:

  1. walk on any roof surface.
  2. predict the service life expectancy.
  3. inspect underground downspout diverter drainage pipes.
  4. remove snow, ice, debris or other conditions that prohibit the observation of the roof surfaces.
  5. move insulation.
  6. inspect antennae, satellite dishes, lightning arresters, de-icing equipment, or similar attachments.
  7. walk on any roof areas that appear, in the inspector’s opinion, to be unsafe.
  8. walk on any roof areas if doing so might, in the inspector’s opinion, cause damage.
  9. perform a water test.
  10. warrant or certify the roof.
  11. confirm proper fastening or installation of any roof-covering material.

As Per NJ State Standards

When inspecting the roof of a residential building, the home inspector shall:

1) Inspect:
i) Roofing surface, excluding antennae and other installed accessories such as
solar heating systems, lightning arresters, and satellite dishes;
ii) Roof drainage systems;
iii) Flashing;
iv) Skylights; and
v) Exterior of chimneys;

2) Describe:
i) Roof surface;
ii) Roof drainage systems;
iii) Flashing;
iv) Skylights; and
v) Chimneys;

3) Employ reasonable, practicable and safe methods to inspect the roof such as:
i) Walking on the roof;
ii) Observation from a ladder at roof level; or
iii) Visual examination with binoculars from ground level; and

4) Describe the methods used to inspect the roof.


International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection.InterNACHI. N.p., June 2013. Web. 07 June 2016.

“13:40-15.16 STANDARDS OF PRACTICE.” NEW JERSEY ADMINISTRATIVE CODE: HOME INSPECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Home Inspection Advisory Committee (n.d.): n. pag. NJ Consumer Affairs. 20 Apr. 2015. Web.