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So you needed a new roof!

You called several roofers and got various estimates with all kinds of options.  You made the appropriate choice, according to your budget and now the roofers have come and gone.

It LOOKS beautiful!

It was obviously installed properly because it rained hard during the night after the installation and you were able to remove the buckets in front of the TV and the wading pool is no longer in the hallway.

The problem with roof installations is that they are often about more than the roof itself.  There are also all the chimney flashing details and other things not “directly” related to the roof surface itself.

It is always wise to have the roof inspected by a third party (your local friendly and qualified home inspector) to verify that all these other related elements have also been completed satisfactorily.


Guy wires were never re-attached
This picture is of a one week old roof that I was called to re-inspect.  The roofing job was excellent for the most part except that the guy wires that support the electrical mast were merely left laying on the roof surface. 

Job done.

Charles Buell, Real Estate inspections in Seattle

PS---I am still in desperate need related to my last post

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Comment balloon 11 commentsCharles Buell • July 29 2015 09:34AM
So you needed a new roof!
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Waving Your Magic Spray Wand
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Loving our decks to death!
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Dead Legs---illness waiting to happen?
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What do you mean I no longer have to test my GFCI's?
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What to do when the neighbors come over uninvited!
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The Kitchen Receptacle Time Machine
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The year is 1927 and there was actually no need for kitchen receptacles at all because there was nothing to plug into them if they were there. There were no mixers, microwaves, toasters, waffle irons, egg beaters, Mr Coffee or anything else we… more
The Belly of the Beast
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