Determining the condition of the roof covering and related components is one of the most important parts of a home inspection. That being the case, the issue of whether or not to walk on the roof is a hot topic of debate among home inspectors, realtors and prospective clients. What follows is this inspector’s humble opinion and is not meant to imply that anyone with a differing viewpoint is wrong.
Reasons for getting on the roof:
There are realtors and clients who won’t hire an inspector who doesn’t get on the roof. There are home inspectors who would argue to their last breath that you can’t do a proper inspection if you don’t walk the roof. They’re all entitled to their opinion and I won’t argue with them, but I refuse to take unnecessary risks. It only takes one fall from a roof to be killed or crippled. I can do a proper and thorough roof inspection without getting on the roof. I’d be happy to prove it.