Rain gutters on the side of the roof are reservoirs and the gutters are there to capture the water.
When water is spilling over the outside, or running down behind there is a problem! Water not getting to the downspout means the gutter is clogged, or it has pulled away from the house, or the roofing does not extend far enough out to introduce the water into the canal.
When a front porch roof fascia has staining all along its way, stains from water getting behind the gutter, it means that water is not getting to the gutter. And that will eventually cause other problems.
Like wood rot.
And structural damage.
This photo is taken during a one-year warranty inspection so the roof is only one year old.
This is a sheet-metal roof.
Metal is a fabulous roofing material. Properly installed it will last well over 100 years.
The epoxy paints used on the sheets is extremely long lasting.
And the metal is slow to rust, and if it does will not leak for decades.
This house has a copper roof and it will certainly be long lasting.
But in this case the carpentry underneath is the problem.
The roof is flat at the bottom, and in some areas actually points upward.
The puddles at the lower edge of the roof indicate that water merely sits there.
Even with that lip over the edge, water wick in and get behind the gutter.
And there are other problems - with the roof installation!
Many of the joints have holes. So water is getting UNDER the metal to wet the subsurface and structure.
A metal roof requires skills.
Good skills are learned from someone who uses Best Practices in metal-roof installation.
Good skills are not learned from someone who does not have them. Teaching is best when done from a position of knowledge and understanding, and not ignorance.
A proper metal roof is not slapped together.
Crimps have to be done right, in most cases three times. A little fold over here and and another over there is not right. Many of the holes I saw on this roof look to have been there from installation.
Obviously there was no home inspection before occupancy. Maybe this builder convinced the buyer that one wasn't necessary as "there are so many inspections on the house a private inspection is simply a waste of money," or some such statement similar to that.
Maybe now he will recommend some duct tape, or maybe staples, or some special roofing caulk, to fix what might be said to be "little issues."
My recommendation: a one-year inspection is a very, very good thing! A final inspection before occupancy is better. I recommend both! In this case I suggested to my client that he have me back to examine the repairs that were done. Let's see if he takes my advice.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560