Inspection Training

How to Inspect the Roof Structure of the Attic (UPDATED 11/2/17)

While the inspector is in the attic they should determine the type of roof structure that is being utilized and note that in the report. Please review the entire procedure below.

NACHI SOP

International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection

 

3.9. Attic, Insulation & Ventilation

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

N/A

 

II. The inspector shall describe:

N/A

 

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

N/A

 

IV. The inspector is not required to:

A. Enter the attic or any unfinished spaces that are not readily accessible, or where entry could cause damage or, in the inspector’s opinion, pose a safety hazard.
D. Break or otherwise damage the surface finish or weather seal on or around access panels or covers.

Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: The inspector should describe the roof structure of the attic and also distinguish whether or not they walked the attic or viewed it from the entrance.

 

Tools Needed

The inspector might need to use a flashlight to inspect the roof structure.

Procedure

  • While the inspector is viewing the attic (while walking or from the entrance) they shall determine the type of structure type, sheathing type, and the ceiling structure. There is one picture required that should show all aspects of the roof structure.

Common Defects

  • There are no defects in this section.

 

Common Mistakes

  • Not being able to identify the right type of structural materials.
  • Not walking the attic when it can be easily walked.

Report / Software

IN


  • The attic was observed by [word 1]. The roof structure was constructed with [word 2] and [word 3]. The ceiling [word 4]. (The attic is not walked if the attic or the attic opening does not allow an adult to move about freely or, in the inspector’s opinion, doing so would compromise the ceiling below or would otherwise be unsafe for the inspector or the property).
    • Structure Type:
      -Engineered Wood Trusses
      -Stick Built Rafters
      -Sheathing Type:
      -1×10
      -1×6
      -1×8
      -OSB
      -Plywood
      -Ceiling Structure
      -2×4
      -2×6
      -Not Visible

NI

  • The property had [word 1] which had no attic space and provided no access hatch for inspection of roof framing and attic components. The roof framing and attic components were not inspected.
    • A Flat Roof
    • A Low Slope Roof
    • Vaulted Ceilings

NP

  • The property had [word 1] which had no attic space and provided no access hatch for inspection of roof framing and attic components. The roof framing and attic components were not inspected.-A Flat Roof-A Low Slope Roof-Vaulted Ceilings

RR

  • N/A