Dear Barry, Before I bought my house, the home inspector said the roof was worn and needed about 2-4 bundles of wood shakes. The seller said there used to be some leaking but assured me this had been repaired. After moving in, I noticed a hole in the roofing and called the inspector to reconsider this omission in his report. He agreed to install a metal patch and invited me onto the roof for a look. What I saw was very disturbing. The condition of the shakes was much worse than stated in the home inspection report. After this, I got repair bids from three roofing contractors. Each of them independently agreed that the roof needed replacement. This was a major shock to me, considering the huge expense of re-roofing. It doesn't seem right that I should be stuck with this problem, but what can I do about it now? –Chris Dear Chris, Critical evaluation of roofing is a vital consideration in the course of a home inspection. Competent home inspectors make every effort to discover and...
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