We at Diamond Head Home Inspections would like to give you professional insight into the home inspection process. With a greater understanding of how the home inspection is conducted and reported, you can better interpret the report presented to you and your client. As a professional and knowledgeable agent, you can be better prepared for the negotiating period following the inspection.

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At Diamond Head Home Inspections, the condition of the roof is one of our client’s primary concerns. It is important to properly determine the condition of the roof during the home inspection because if the roof does require repair or replacement, it is a purchase that requires significant monetary investment, and the cost needs to be considered prior to purchasing a home.

During the home inspection period, Diamond Head Home Inspections evaluates the condition and functionality of the roof enabling the home buyer to make a confident decision when making their purchase. It is the objective of the home inspector to identify any major deficiencies in the condition, assess the types of materials used, and to determine if future action will be required.  

The main purpose of the roof is to protect the house from the elements: wind, sun, and rain. There are several different styles of roof, however, the most common roofs that we see in Hawaii are gable, hip, and flat.

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A gable roof is a roof style that makes up two equal but opposite slopes that meet to form a ridge.

 

 

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A hip roof is a roof style that has a slope on all four sides that either meet in a peak or ridge line.

 

 

 

 

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A flat roof is a roof style that has very little slope. We often see this style in modern designs or in roofs covering carports.

 

Each of these styles of roofs has slope, varying degrees of slope, but some slope is necessary in order to move water and other debris from the roof towards the ground. If there is no slope to a roof, then, water will pool and debris will collect. When water begins to pool it will drastically shorten the life of the roof by damaging the materials and ultimately the roof will leak.