Roof access. Roof problem in the Springwood area, a Southern suburb of Brisbane,

by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS.


This roof was badly damaged from bending of the roof sheets to create fall rather than join the roof at its middle and have a ridge flashing fitted. The roof required replacing to avoid leaking.

Would your building inspector be prepared to access the roof exterior to identify this costly problem?

If not, the cost to rectify the defect becomes your problem, after the opportunity for negotiating the purchase price has past.

I’m sure you would want to know about the roof condition! This roof could not be accessed or assessed from the inside due to being a cathedral ceiling type of constuction.


Don’t be conned by inspectors that claim they can check out the roof from the inside via the access hole, this roof had no access to the interior. Costly mistake for a buyer!

Some suggestions:

  • Arrive at same time as the inspector.
  • Watch to make sure they access the roof exterior, especially if they have said they will.
  • If the roof is unsafe for access, make sure they place their ladder against each side of roof to allow for assessment.
  • If a access hole has been fitted, insist they physically climb within the roof.
  • Ask questions, after the inspection.
  • Make sure your inspector is available for questions and clarification, after your recieve your report.
  • No chit chat about unrelated events, remember it is an inspection, not a social outing!
  • Do not allow the inspector to discuss outcome of the report with the seller and/or agent, otherwise there will be arguments! This would be counterproductive. Do not lose sight of the fact, there is only ONE expert that you should be listening to and that is not the seller or agent!

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