Since 1994, A-Pro has been helping its clients make smarter, better and more informed decisions as they buy or sell a home. As one of the leading Aurora Colorado Home Inspection service companies, A-Pro not only offers you the best possible home inspection, service, and value, but also provides you with the peace of mind that your investment is protected through our iron-clad 120-day assurance guarantee.
When looking at a house you wish to buy, you may observe that its masonry chimney appears to be in excellent condition, with every brick in place and no signs of deterioration. However, it takes a professional home inspection by a certified inspector to tell the whole story.
One of the key parts of a chimney structure is its flashings – a sheet metal installation designed to create a water-resistant barrier between the chimney and roof. When poorly installed or failing for other reasons, the result can be severe leaking and costly damage to interior walls. Here’s what your home inspection will include in terms of chimney flashing, courtesy of your friends at A-Pro Home Inspection:
Rust: When constructed from tin-coated or galvanized steel, chimney flashing can be prone to rusting, which will be noted in a home inspection report. This can occur for several reasons, including:
failure to paint flashing material
not applying primer before painting or not putting on enough finishing coats
use of aluminum flashing on brick, which cannot be soldered and is known to corrode
Damaged Flashing: Roof/chimney movement, animal activity, harsh weather, or installation which was not performed with necessary precision can all lead to cracked, open, or loose flashing. A professional home inspection will let you know the extent of the chimney flashing damage.
During the home inspection, the inspector will assess whether all pieces of a two-part flashing system are in place: the base flashing and counterflashing, which overlaps but is not attached to the base material. The home inspection will note dubious use of flashing substitutes, such as caulking or roof cement, which can crack due to heat exposure. Among other checks, home inspectors will see if the top of cap flashing is correctly set, as well as examine side base flashings. Any harder-to-see issues as well as obvious problems, such as loose material and gaps, will be recorded in the home inspection report.
Finally, the home inspection will include an evaluation of the attic and rooms which would be directly affected by compromised flashing. Signs of roof leaking will be noted in the home inspection report.
Home Inspection Tip: It is a good idea to have a regular home inspection to evaluate the health of your roof, including chimney flashing. Small problems can be rectified before they blossom into costly repairs.
Roof and chimney flashing evaluations are just one important part of an A-Pro 500-point home inspection. To hire a certified local A-Pro home inspector, visit here or call 1(303) 557-0033.
For some families, a front porch tops the list of “must-haves” when searching for a home. Home-shoppers may envision lazy summer days sipping lemonade on an old-fashioned swing, or talking with neighbors while watching hummingbirds drink from a feeder.
Your home inspector will see the porch from a much different perspective. Before signing on the dotted line, make sure you have a home inspector examine all aspects of the porch, pointing out defects, elements that may fail soon, and safety concerns that warrant immediate attention.
Here’s what you can expect from a porch inspection executed by an experienced home inspector, courtesy of your friends at A-Pro Home Inspection:
Columns and Posts: A home inspector will visually assess and make recommendations on the condition of the structures supporting the roof and floor. This includes reporting on signs of rotting wood, settling, concrete deterioration, loose or missing bricks/stones, and other situations which may compromise the porch’s integrity. Remember that the ability to gain access underneath a porch allows for a more extensive visual assessment, but this isn’t always possible.
Railings: Loose handrails, bottom rails, and balusters can be dangerous. Your home inspector will evaluate whether these items are secure. The column which supports the railing will also be checked by the home inspector. When railings are not present, your home inspector will note if they are required under building code regulations. Further, the inspector will determine if spacing between balusters meets safety guidelines.
Stairs: The home inspector will examine the stairs for loose or missing boards, rotting wood, uneven concrete, or cracked mortar.
Roof: Signs of sagging, separation from the house, rotting wood, missing tiles, and leaks will be reported by the home inspector.
Floors: Pooling water due to poor drainage can damage porch flooring over time. Your home inspector will check for wood rot; loose, broken, and cracked boards which present safety hazards; sagging; and improper spanning of joists, which raises concerns about the floor’s ability to support loads.
Home Inspector Maintenance Tip: Never install carpeting on open porches. Carpeting retains moisture that could lead to hidden wood rot.
Porch inspections are just one important part of an A-Pro 500-point home inspection. To hire a certified local A-Pro home inspector, visit here or call 1(303) 557-0033.