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This Is A Poor Roofing Practice

This is a poor roofing practice.

And I see it all the time on new construction.  I'm not sure why it is done.  It isn't thinking ahead.

When roof trusses are lifted up to the roof they are done in large groups and a crane is used.

This is new construction, a large house, and had many trusses.

The trusses were apparently lifted up in four groups because I saw four loops left protruding the roof.

I saw this during the pre-drywall inspection.

Why is this a bad practice?

1.  It is never smart to leave things penetrating the roof.  The fewer the better.

2.  This loop, like the others on that roof, comes through a hole in the sheathing, the tar paper, and the shingles.  Even if they used caulking to "seal" it, that will not last long and this will leak.  Sometimes they lay the shingles on top of the loop and the cable lays flat on the roof.  Not here.

3.  Why create a hole in the roof?!  Now, if the loop is pulled back through the roof and this hole is not repaired properly surely it will leak.  Why create and leave that potential on the roof?

My recommendation:  any roof can leak at any time depending on the direction and force of rain.  Four holes like the one above will certainly leak.  It is just a matter of time.  This needs to be repaired now by removing the loops, pulling them back through the roof, and repairing the holes and shingles properly.  New shingles will be required as holes that are filled with caulking will not stay sealed for long.

 

 

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 • December 05 2017 11:33AM

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Good morning, Jay Markanich OMG... what builder would allow that to happen....I've never seen anything resembling that...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 7 months ago

Putting holes in a roof is definitely a mistake. Geez.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 7 months ago

And I see it all the time, Barbara!  Sometimes it is repaired and sometimes not.  But I always point it out, and go from house to house.  Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by,  And that has made all the difference.

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

Ay, ay, Santa's Helper.  I mean Kat.  Love the new avatar!  I will expect you Dec 24 - we'll leave the damper open.  And the light on.  And some cookies.  Please don't wake the puppy - she'll start screaming for attention.  Thanks.

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

This is excellent advice to share with home owners and prospective home buyers.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

That's a new one...must be a sourthern thing :)....shingles go on AFTERWARD and nothing I have ever seen is "left hanging."....

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) 7 months ago

Morning Jay.

Have to say this is a first for me.  Never seen that before

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 7 months ago

Good morning Jay. What general contractor would accept this from a sub-contractor? Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 7 months ago

Thanks, Roy.

S&D - I am 90 miles from Richmond and southerners consider me to be in the north.  And nothing on a roof should be left hanging.

James - and had you been living here...

Wayne - I always point this out!  Apparently I am of a different line of thinking.

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

Good morning Jay. This is really unbelievable but you posted a picture so I do see it.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 7 months ago

It always infuriates me when so-call professionals do something this unprofessional.  Even if the roofers didn't know any better, you would think the person supervising them would. 

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) 7 months ago

Sheila - and yet I see this "very unbelievable" thing very, very often!

Stephen - and the builder gets upset with me for "creating issues."

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

We don't do roof construction like this in Oklahoma City so I have never seen this method.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 7 months ago

How do they lift roof trusses onto the house Joe?  One by one, by hand?

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

You gotta leave those cables there, you never know when you'll want to remove the roof to clean the attic... 

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

Or put it in the back yard so it doesn't blow away during a hurricane.  You're on to something, Fred!

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

Jay- duh...even this non-builder knows that you don't want to purposely put holes in roofs. I loved Fred Hernden's comment. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 7 months ago

Well, he's right, of course, Kathy.  Do you know how many times I have been in an attic that has NEVER been dusted?  Too many to count.  Very inconsiderate, if I do say so myself.

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

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