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On October 3, 2012

Roof Inspection or Roof Certification?

For many customers, the process of restoring their roof can be a complicated process. Which company to use? Whether or not to contact the insurance company first? How much damage is truly there? These are only a few of the many questions to be answered.

Just recently, another big question has come to the forefront of roofing, and this one pertains to when the house is to be sold. That is, should a roof be inspected or certified?

The following article should help answer the question.

Separate from a home inspection, roof inspections typically are not performed in a home inspection. Instead, roofing inspectors climb up on the roof and issue reports on:

* Possible movement
* Condition of roofing materials
* Ridges, caps and drip edges
* Soundness of drains, downspouts, and gutters
* Flashing around roof pipes, chimneys, vents, valleys and mounting of HVAC units

Should the roof does not require repairs, an estimate of the years of life the roof has left can be given by the roofing company, and the inspection certified. The certification period is usually 1-2 years and sometimes as many as 5, however the period requested can vary.

On the other hand, if the roof requires repairs, it is not until after the repairs are performed, that the roofing company will issue the roof certification.

FYI: A number of buyers have stipulated this as part of the contingencies of their contracts (e.g. Subject To: appraisal, inspection, engineer’s report, roof certification, mortgage, etc. ). There are a lot of stipulations a buyer and seller can insist upon to include in a binder and real estate sales contract to close a deal. Contracts should always be reviewed carefully before they are signed.

Roof Certifications are typically requested by; Lenders, Municipalities, and Buyers. Lenders want a roof independently inspected to mitigate risk, municipalities want roofs inspected to maintain a quality housing stock and tax base. Buyers will often request a roof certification after a home inspection.

If a buyer requests a certification after a home inspection, it is likely that the inspector found defects and therefore requested that a roofer inspect and verify the condition of the roof.

You should contact several roofing contractors who work with your type of roof. Ask them if they will repair and then certify a roof what they charge for the roof certification (after it is repaired). A quality roofing company should not charge an additional fee to certify a roof they have restored.


By Nick Dorotik

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