Seems like a “cut-and-dryer” case of what were they thimkin?!
As anyone that regularly reads my posts knows---I love standing seam metal roofs. Inspecting them is difficult if they are steep, but because a fair amount of skill is necessary to install them, they usually don’t have a lot of issues that are not going to be apparent from the eaves---assuming you can get to the eaves. I was able to get to the eaves at two locations on this duplex, and overall the roof looked great.
The pitch is 7/12---not an exactly friendly pitch for an asphalt roof---and certainly not for a steel roof. A slippery slide at the playground is not much steeper than this---some are less steep. Add to that, that it was raining at the time of inspection, guaranteed that I would not be venturing onto the roof. From the eave one thing was noted on this 5 year old home.
The dryer exhaust cap.
How is anyone going to do routine maintenance on this vent cap? While the installation meets code requirements, I still find the installation wanting.
Even with the best filter/screens in dryers, these caps will eventually plug with lint. Cleaning at least a couple of times a year is necessary. At least there was no screen in the cap.
The “close-up” of the cap shows a fair amount of lint building up inside the cap---who can tell whether the flap opens properly or not?
I have no clue as to a viable solution to this problem, when the dryer is not located on an outside wall of the home---but surely some solution is warranted. If no other route for the exhaust can be found, then establishing a maintenance program with someone trained and qualified to be on this type of roof a couple of times a year may be warranted.
Perhaps it is time to make an adjustment to the codes---and/or common sense.
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board