Is that what you call professional? Quality Home Inspections for Leavenworth and Wenatchee WA.

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Home Inspector with NCW Home Inspections, LLC
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Is that what you call professional? Quality Home Inspections for Leavenworth and Wenatchee WA.

When you get a new home you assume that certain installations are performed to some standard of professionalism.

On a recent residential home inspection of a new home I had come across some issues of a "less than professional" installation of the roofing material.

First it started with the lower intersecting ridge shingles being installed backwards so that the main drainage plane will run into and most likely under the ridge shingles. They should of started at the ridge end and worked towards the main roof field. The prevailing winds come from the opposite side of the home (we won't even talk about the cut shingle).

Improper shingle installation

Next I was not impressed on how the reveal/exposure of the main ridge shingles was performed. When performing an installation of the shingle professional roofers will use a certain reveal and maintain that reveal throughout the installation. Too much reveal makes the shingles more prone to wind damage (nice spillage).

Improper reveal

The final issue and the most egregious was that there was no roofing felt under the gable end section of the roof. This mean that the roof covering will need to be removed and the felt installed as it should have been prior to re-installing the roof covering.

Missing roofing felt

By finding these issues early in the process the builder will have them corrected.

Hiring a quality professional home inspection should be on every home buyers list when deciding to buy a home. The home inspection process should not be taken lightly and just like hiring any contractor you should interview several home inspectors. You should be assured that your inspector will take the necessary time to properly inspect the property you are interested in and present you with a detailed report on the findings.

Is that what you call professional? Quality Home Inspections for Leavenworth and Wenatchee Washington.

NCW Home Inspections, LLC  is located in Wenatchee Washington serving Chelan County, Douglas County, Kittitas County, Okanogan County and Grant County Washington and the cities of Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Orville, Cle Elum, East Wenatchee, Quincy and many more...                             

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Michael Thornton
Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
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Good evening Donald. Good catch. There is so much that can go wrong on roofs. I walk as many as I can, but I no longer go on two story or anything over an 8/12 pitch... 

July 08, 2011 10:15 PM
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Robin Dampier REALTOR®
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Wow, what a sloppy job done by that "so-called" roofer.  Had that buyer not opted for a Home Inspection, which many buyers don't think they need on new costruction, they wouldn't have known until water was dripping on their heads.  Good job.

Sue of Robin and Sue

July 08, 2011 11:00 PM
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
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Don,

Some roofers sneak in a roof job without putting down felts at a new house. Pretty cheap and crummy way to do it.

July 08, 2011 11:29 PM
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC
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Michael,

I try traverse each roof also. You just can not see the same issues from ground observation, but as you stated sometimes there are limitations.

July 08, 2011 11:43 PM
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Donald Hester
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Robin/Sue,

Yeah this was not very well performed. I think that roofer will be looking for work from another builder. Too bad they will probably get work. The builder on this home was not very happy and is having everything corrected.

July 08, 2011 11:45 PM
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC
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Steve,

This was the just wrong. It really seems that many roof are not done to very high standards.

July 08, 2011 11:46 PM
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Dan Edward Phillips
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Good Evening Donald, an excellent post.  I wonder what coffee shop the building inspector was hidding out in!

July 09, 2011 12:17 AM
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Donald Hester
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Dan,

You wonder sometimes. I pretty sure the roof was not inspected other than to see if it had a roof covering.

July 09, 2011 01:52 AM
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Robert Butler
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Does you comment on the spillage mean the wind blew your coffee over? :)

Around here roofers working for developers just don't put felt paper on under the shingles. The shingle warranty is immediately null and void. They tell any body that complains that it's 'Standard'. Just because they all do it cheap doesn't make it a standard.

July 10, 2011 09:28 PM
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Donald Hester
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Robert,

It could of that day. Very warm windy day. I left my windows open to find my car filled with dust from the site.

The builder and I have a working relationship. So that roofing company was fired and they were going to redo the roof per standards.

It was just sloppy work. The site forman said here was an extra roll of felt left.

July 10, 2011 09:39 PM
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