It sounds like some cue cards on a TV set - new construction - a roof flashing question - got 'em!
Often times on new construction the master bedroom has a gas fireplace. And if they can make it look good, the fireplace will have a flue that exits out the side of the house.
Depending on where it's located on the side of the house, and the surrounding architecture, the flue will have its own little box and roof.
This house has one of those.
During the pre-drywall inspection the structure was done here, but the siding and roof had not been completed.
The roof elsewhere had been completed.
They were working on the siding as I did the inspection.
During the final inspection this little roof is high and while it looked like there might not be flashing present, I could not get a view from anywhere in the yard to prove it.
I don't like to identify things without being sure. And especially on new construction.
So, what to do?
I rang the doorbell at the house next door! Hiding my chain saw behind my back, and with my cutest puppy-dog eyes, I asked the lady who answered the door if I could look at something on the new house next door from an upstairs window.
While it's not a dangerous neighborhood, you never know who you are letting into your house! But she let me in anyway (as everyone reading this gasps...).
From a window next door, through the screen, and with my telephoto lens, I got this photo! Ha!
The siding company there during my pre-drywall inspection went ahead and sided around this little roof knowing, KNOWING, there was no flashing present. I even see bare wood.
I can hear it now, "Hey, Boss! There's no flashing over this roof! Well, flashing's not my job..."
My recommendation: new construction might (I intentionally say might) mean you get new stuff, but it does not mean right. NEVER assume it means right and "all the inspections" that the house has had up until then made sure everything is done correctly. It might not be. My new friend next door said they did not have a home inspection and subsequent to moving in found all kinds of problems. Then she complimented me on my "uncommon diligence." Oh yeah...
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