My Home Inspector Blog: Roof Issues At A Temecula Home Inspection

Roof Issues At A Temecula Home Inspection

Roof Issues At A Temecula Home Inspection


When buying a newer home, you may think a home inspection is not really necessary. After all, what can go wrong with a five-year-old home? I'd like to tell you about some roof issues found at a recent Temecula home inspection. The Temecula valley is located in the southwest corner of Riverside County here in southern California. Most of the homes in Temecula are newer construction with concrete tile roofs. This particular home was only five years old but already had a few roof issues that will need to be corrected.


The day prior to the inspection, my client called and said he had noticed two issues with the roof that he wanted to bring to my attention. One was moisture damaged wood he saw at the bottom of a roof valley, and the other was a possible sag in the garage roof. I assured him I would pay special attention to these areas.



The first issue was easily noticeable as I walked up in front of the house. The fascia board at the bottom of the roof valley was indeed moisture damaged. Upon closer inspection, I could see the bottom of the valley flashing had been improperly cut (square). The full width of the valley flashing should actually be visible at the roof edge if cut properly. This is a roofing defect found very often that will cause moisture damage in a short period of time.




I discovered the cause of the roof sag when I entered the attic area over the garage.

To create more storage space, the previous owner had cut out a roof truss web. Concrete roof tiles are very heavy and when the roof support has been compromised like this, sagging will occur. Roof trusses are engineered structural components and should not be cut or modified in any way without engineer approval.








Roof Issues At A Temecula Home Inspection: Steve Stenros, a Temecula home inspector, is the owner of First Choice Inspections and is a CREIA MCI inspector. Clients receive a FREE lifetime appliance RecallChek with every standard home inspection. Appointments can be obtained by calling 888-335-3040.


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Comment balloon 4 commentsSteve Stenros • May 29 2011 02:55PM


Good Morning Steve, great input on roof trusses!  Unfortunately too many home owners are not aware of what they are or how they are designed and constructed and then how they are installed.

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) over 9 years ago

Steve, I'm not surprised that a newer home might have these kinds of builder defects. Is inspecting the roof part of your overall home inspection, or was this a unique case?

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) about 9 years ago

Dan: Unfortunately, many homeowners cut or modify roof trusses without understanding the consequences!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) about 9 years ago

Pamela: I inspect the roofs (from on the roof) at all of my inspections. 99.9% of roofs have defects!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) about 9 years ago