If you are following the news you would have seen that Chicago and the metropolitan area have received record amounts of snowfall within the last two days.  There will be many roofs that will be leaking in the next couple weeks.  Why? I’ll explain the components I found to be an issue on a roof at a Highland Park home inspection.

There are many parts of a roof that make it work.  All of these parts of a roof make it shed water away from the home’s interior.

  • Shingles are the materiel that is layered all over the sheeting to protect and allow water and snow to shed away and down from the property.  The shingles can be made of the clay, cement, tile, cedar wood shake, cedar wood shingle, slate, hybrid polymer, tin, raised metal and the most popular asphalt or fiberglass.  All of these types of shingles have their own positives and negatives.  They are basically determined by their cost to length of lifespan.  This is generally how much a roof may cost to replace per square foot.
  • Flashings are a major component to a home’s roof.  The Highland Park home inspection was missing the apron flashing.  The apron flashing is the flashing that funnels the water from the edge of the roof into the gutter.  There are other flashing’s that are just as important.  These flashing’s are head wall flashing’s, step flashing, vent penetration flashing’s, counter flashing, pan flashing, channel flashing, kick-out flashing and drip edge flashing or apron flashing.
  • Ice barrier or Ice shield was an issue also on the Highland Park home inspection.  The owner of the Highland Park home inspection said it was not code.  He is not only wrong but crazy that he allowed his roofer or shall I say unprofessional roofer install this roof without apron flashings and ice shield.  The ice shield is 36″ long and runs the edge of the whole roof to protect the home from ice damning penetration if it were to happen.  The ice shield can be longer depending on how wide your soffits are.

My client from the Highland Park home inspection brought in a licensed roofing contractor that estimated the repair costs of installing apron flashings and ice shield around the roof of the home to be $1600.00.  As you see roofing repairs can be costly and that’s why our Thermal Home Inspections are so detailed.

If you have roofing issues like the Highland Park home inspection and have questions that we can assist you with please contact us at The Thermal Home Inspector or 312-961-4228.

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe.

Jim Kolke

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