The exterior of your home takes a lot of wear and tear from the elements. Rain, wind, snow, and ice can all cause damage to your roof and chimney. Even worse, it’s often hard for you to tell if anything is wrong because it’s dangerous to climb onto the roof to inspect for damage. When it comes time to sell your house and the home inspector visits, you don’t want to get surprised by an expensive problem. Here are a few common issues that come up during home inspections related to your roof and chimney.
Common Roof Issues
1. Improper Flashing
Flashing is typically a piece of metal that helps prevent water from seeping into your home’s walls. Improperly flashed shingles against the siding of a house, vent boots, weather head, and chimney is the most common problem found on a roof. When a roof is being replaced, the roofer should install flashing around these areas to prevent water from running under the shingles and causing a roof leak.
2. Nail Pops
Nail pops are nails that have either worked themselves out of the decking or were not installed on the roof correctly during the roof installation. Over time these nails will work their way through the asphalt shingle and cause a hole that will leak.
Common Chimney Issues
1. Spalling Chimney Cap and Face
Spalling of brick or mortar is when the weather has caused the material to deteriorate. This is typically caused by water soaking into the brick and mortar over the years and freezing. This causes the deterioration. If caught early, the problem can be solved with sealing up the cracks and water sealer. If brick deteriorates beyond a point, the chimney will need to be rebuilt.
2. Cracked Liner or Chimney Flue
Unwanted moisture is typically the cause for cracked or rusted out flue. This can either happen from not having a protective cover over the chimney or the moisture can be coming from an appliance at the other end.
Houses take constant upkeep. The faster you find and fix issues, the more money you will save in the long run. Neglecting to keep up on a home could cost you a pretty penny after an inspection, or worse, the sale itself. Take the time to regularly inspect all parts of your home and get problems repaired quickly to avoid a nasty surprise during a home inspection.
This blog post is part of a series on Common Home Inspection Issues. Please see our other posts for more information about other areas of your home.