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Home Inspections Tile Roof

April 11th, 2015

We all know that you cannot get a home loan without a home inspection. With that said is a home inspector really qualified to look at my roof? A home inspector is going to tell you what he see’s and what he thinks about the condition of your roof, a good home inspector is also going to tell you that he is not really qualified to make any type of set in stone judgement about the condition of your roof and that you will need to have a “Licensed Roofing Contractor” look at it. What are some of the things a home inspector might look for when assessing my roof? That depends on what type of roof you have. In this article we are going to look at a tile roof.

Identification of the tile roof

Clay, Sand cast, or Concrete and Underlayment type.

Inspection Check list

1. Broke, cracked, loose, or missing tiles
2. Loose or missing flashing and or roofing componants
3. Broke Concrete “Mud balls”.
4. Torn, curled, cupped or otherwise worn out underlayment.
5. Estimate age and serviceability.

In the pictures I show you those common things.

Unsecured Roof Tiles

Unsecured Roof Tiles

Cracked Mud Ball

Cracked and broken mud balls

Loose Roofing Materials

Loose Roofing Materials

Curling underlayment

Curling underlayment

Tile Wall Detail

August 10th, 2009

This article will show you how a tile wall detail is installed on a tile roof system. Keep in mind there are other methods used depending on what type of wall you are tieing into. In this example the roof detail will be lathed and stucco applied over the top. The roof flashings will be behind the lath and stucco. This is how a new constuction stucco home in Arizona would be done.

Step #1.

Your underlayment is installed and nailed, the underlayment type will vary. Typically a 30# organic felt is used this is the most common.

Tile underlayment

Tile underlayment

Step #2.

Next we install a J-pan metal and nail it to the wall over the top of the underlayment this metal allows water to run off the roof.

J-pan Metal

J-pan Metal

Step #3.

Next we are going to flash over the top of our J-pan with another metal called Z-bar.

Z-bar flashing

Z-bar flashing

Step #4.

Now we apply a waterproofing paper over the top of our Z-bar.

Waterproofing paper

Waterproofing paper

Step #5.

Our tile roof wall detail is now complete. Next we will lath and stucco our wall and lay the tile and the roof is correctly installed.

Finished tile wall detail

Finished tile wall detail

There are other methods to do wall details as well. This example was used because it’s a common method used in the southwest. Whatever method  you use the principals are all the same. The underlayment always has a flashing over the top.