Home buyer scoffs at unusual roof inspection

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Dear Barry, When I purchased my home, the inspector reported no roof defects. But shortly after the close, the first rains leaked into the house. I called a roofing contractor, and he discovered that the roof was patched with tar in the area of the leakage. The home inspection report states that the roof was inspected from across the street with binoculars. If this is all one can expect from a home inspector, why bother hiring any of these guys? – Thomas Dear Thomas, In most cases, a home inspector will conduct a roof inspection by walking on the roof surface. If unusual height renders the roof inaccessible by means of a 12-foot ladder, it is common practice to inspect from the ground, with the aid of binoculars. In these cases, the inspector will typically indicate that the inspection was limited and advise further review by a licensed roofing contractor. Other cases where an inspector would not walk on a roof include tile roofing, where walking on the surface could cause br...