Dear PoP – Recommend a Roof Inspector


“Dear PoP,

I’m preparing to do a home inspection on a new house. The owner has told us that the hatch to the roof is sealed shut, so we will have to get a roofing company to inspect the roof separate from the home inspection. Do you (or your readers) have any recommendations on thorough, reliable roof inspectors? What does a roof inspection generally cost? Thanks!”

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  • Do NOT hire Family Roofing. Very dishonest company.

  • A good home inspector will use a ladder to get up and inspect the roof. You shouldn’t have to hire a seperate roofing company. If your inspector says no, you need to find a new one.

  • Agree with Dave. We recently had a home inspection where the hatch was sealed shut making access from the inside of the house impossible. The inspector used a ladder and got up to the roof. It is part of the standard job. Don’t waste your money by hiring a separate roof inspector. Just hire another house inspector.

  • Agreed with Dave yet again. That’s part of the inspection. If you really want a good roofing company, though, I highly recommend Wagner Roofing. Don’t know if they do inspections or not, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. It’s not the cheapest company around, but I’ve been impressed with their service, responsiveness, and work quality.

  • anyone who needs roof work I highly reccomend Gwynn Brothers 202) 362-2993. They did a great job on my slate mansard

  • I agree. My roof is not accessible from the house and the regular home inspector just had a ladder with him. It was no problem.

    On another note, I had a very positive experience with family roofing during an emergency a couple of years ago. I’m surprised to see the negative comment above.

  • I liked working with L&M Roofing.

  • The best home inspector in the area is Billy Walker of Claxton Walker. You can find them at or call them at (301) 970-1911.

    He is an expert in old houses.

  • I just used Capital Home Inspection (202.744.5726) for mine…and he climbed right on up on a ladder. Great overall job…even my picky realtors were impressed.

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