Roof certifications are not stipulated in all purchase contracts. Some cities have truth-in-housing guidelines and regulations governing repairs before resale. The housing market used to be a seller’s market. It could be raining into the living room through a hole in the roof the size of a basketball hoop, and home buyers in seller’s markets wouldn’t blink an eye.
What is a Roof Certification?
Roof certifications are separate from a home inspection. Home inspectors, for the most part, do not perform thorough roof inspections. Instead, roofing inspectors climb up on the roof and issue reports on:
Movement in structure of home or building
Condition of roofing materials
Ridges, caps and drip edges
Soundness of drains, downspouts, and gutters
Flashing around roof pipes, chimneys, vents, valleys and mounting of HVAC units
If the roof does not require repairs, the roofing company will then estimate the remaining years of life for a roof and certify its inspection. The certification is good for two to five years, depending on local custom.
If the roof requires repairs, after the repairs are performed, the roofing company will then issue the roof certification.
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