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Are You Sure They're Done Replacing The Roof Shingles?

When I read notes left for me by sellers or realtors, sometimes I snicker a bit because just driving up to the house I often notice things that preclude what any note might have to say. 

When I read this one:  "Roof shingles all recently replaced by a licensed roofing company," I did in fact snicker.

Whatever they think, it seems to me that the job is not quite completed.

I noticed from the ground that the shingles did not extend 1" over the edge of all the sections above the bay window.

But a view of the roof there could not be seen anywhere from the ground around or near this house.

I had to go across the parking lot and onto a hill and to the corner of another house to see this with my binoculars.

Then my telephoto lense captured the job in all its glory.

Apparently that gutter gets clogged a lot, water overflows the end, and it pours onto the shingles. 

THAT LICENSED ROOFING COMPANY SHOULD HAVE ADDRESSED THIS PROBLEM!

Can you see why the job wasn't completed by the "licensed roofing company?"

Because the end of the gutter comes right to the shingle edge, and it would have had to be removed to do the job right.

So remove it!  Finish the shingles!  Complete the work!

I am sure they thought nobody would notice.  To see it you have to know what you are looking at.

And maybe be in possession of some really good 20X binoculars with an image-stabilizing button!

My recommendation:  for the second post in a row, a receipt from a "licensed contractor" should be followed up on.  Sometimes they think they will not be followed.  How does a homeowner follow the work with an inspection?  I'd suggest a licensed home inspector!   Calling a home inspector is ALWAYS a Best Practice.  In Northern Virginia, I would insist, yes INSIST, on Jay Markanich.  Wow, did I just say that?

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 18 commentsJay Markanich • September 08 2013 05:31AM

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Good morning Jay,

The home owner should have done a walk around also.

Make yourself a great day.

 

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 7 years ago

Yeah, that doesn't look right.  I wonder if using a "licensed contractor" really means that they aren't licensed.  If the contractor was licensed then why would they feel the need to say that?

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 7 years ago

To see this Raymond, you had to be about 100 yards away!

Debbie - that was the point of my previous blog!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

The word "licensed" gets thrown around a lot....no such thing in roofing here....and too many people who do it as a side job.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 7 years ago

That may be the way of the world S&D!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Unreal that anyone, even a "licensed" roofer would install that ridge cap when there is some unfinished shigles to be installed! Looks like they didn't even remove the old ones... was it a roof-over?

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 7 years ago

Hi Jay,

It seems we find a lot of this crappy work gong on. Anyway to get in and out and get paid to boot. Uncle Bob would be proud. I guess they thought the small section was not worth the effort.

Have a good day in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) about 7 years ago

It was right there Fred, but I could not tell everywhere else.  This is a townhouse community, so it is especially difficult to tell that.  They could have faked me out completely by simply adding a layer of shingles to the bottom, set over the edge 1"!  Had I seen that edge from the ground I would not have investigated further!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

I was not worth the extra work Clint!  And that area is way too high for the good uncle.  Seeing the receipt, however, I know which roofing company NOT to refer!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay, I frequently find those little areas of roof never completeted---like they were going to do them and just never got back to them or figured no one would notice.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 7 years ago

In this case I think it was the latter Charlie.  Even from the ground it was hard to see.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay, I think the homeowner should be on the phone calling up that roofing company!

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) about 7 years ago

I agree Kathy!  Or the HOA who suggested them!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay,

I'll bet the roofing company was not banking on you and your binoculars and telephoto lens!!

have a great night

Rob

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) about 7 years ago

Jay -- you have provided another excellent example of why a professional home inspector is needed, even with "licensed" contractors.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) about 7 years ago

There were not Rob!  And literally this can only be seen from very far away.

Steven - but at least I now know which roofing company not to recommend!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Even I can see that issue Jay and that is saying a lot.  Otherwise I leave those issue to people like you. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 7 years ago

You can see it from far away James, with binoculars!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

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