Just driving up to a house, even from a distance, I can often look and say to myself - cedar shake roof - was it repaired or not?
This particular roof was said by the seller to have been inspected, had dozens of bad shakes replaced, other shakes repaired, and stained all over. I have no doubt that the seller believed it to be true.
Well, looking at the multiplicity of staples and nails that were protruding, all of the broken shakes, and incredible amount of moss growing on many areas, I wondered about that "inspection and repair."
I noticed that some shakes had been replaced, but really very few and ONLY on the front of the house.
This is a very large house with many roof surfaces, and only spots of the front surfaces had a few shakes replaced.
Even looking out windows you could see this.
There were broken shakes, excessively-split shakes, shakes crumbling at the bottom, and nails through the shakes!
The roof is original to the house, circa 1996, but has not been taken care of. It should not be this deteriorated.
They tried to spruce the roof up to sell the house.
One thing you should NEVER see with cedar shake repairs are nails through the shakes!
This is short term and stop gap at best.
These nails will cause the shakes to split more and/or leak in short order.
The nails are already coming loose!
This is not considered to be a professional repair.
The highly-respected Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau has a brochure out on how to maintain and repair cedar shake roofs.
You can see it HERE.
The brochure is even in diagram form, so it is NOT hard to understand. Actually it is quite basic. What they recommend, albeit basic, is also the Best Practice.
My recommendation: sometimes homeowners try to do the right thing. But they don't know what to look for when "repairs" are made. It is wise to have objective eyes look at any repairs done, especially when the work is as extensive as this was apparently intended to be. A home inspector's assessment will be observant, understanding and thorough. And worth your call!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560