The end unit townhouse has a long, exposed roof edge which must be protected properly against blowing moisture.
Often from the inside of the attic lots of staining can be observed along the long edge, right at the roof line. Such staining usually hasn't developed yet on new construction.
But it's prevention is essential. Which is why they put a drip edge all long that edge, to protect roof sheathing and shingles, and keep things dry.
The drip edge fits under the shingles, over the sheathing and tar paper, and extends down the fascia a bit to protect everything from wind and rain.
It also makes it more difficult for ice to progress under the shingles.
It's more effective when it is installed in long strips, with fewer openings between pieces and the upper should overlap the lower so any water harmlessly drips away.
Look at this roof drip edge on new construction.
This installer does not know which is correct.
Should the pieces be long or short?
Should they overlap up or down?
Should the edge lay this way or that way? Let's try them both!
Obviously this guy does not know which of those installations is correct.
It doesn't even look like he used the right product.
This entire thing is a mystery to him.
And this is a builder that made it very difficult for me to do any inspection at all.
They told my client BEFORE THE INSPECTION that they will agree to disagree with everything I put on any report that I write.
Explain to me what should be disagreed with here? ME OR THE INSTALLATION??
The lower edge at the end was a MISH MASH OF MESS!
There are holes, wide gaps and improperly-fitted materials.
Look closely beside the dark flashing, unfortunately nailed on the top and similarly left unprotected.
The end of the piece of flashing was taped!
I think it is packing tape, but it's hard to tell.
What, should my report say the better practice should be duct tape?
Is that what they are going to disagree with?
My recommendation: plan to attend a new construction inspection and plan to have some fun. I always do...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560