Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)

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Washington State Moss-backs (King of the House Home Inspection)

On a home that has any age on it, here in the northwest, it is not uncommon to find significant moss growth on the roof. We really are moss-backs. The rainfall and wet environment leads to moss on driveways or sidewalks, where the surface can become too slick to safely walk. Or, more often than not, the inspector will find it on roofs and wood decks. The moss will lead to wood decay and it impedes drainage and greatly shortens the lifespan of most roofing materials.  I would like to say that the roof below is among the worst specimens I have seen but, fact is, it is not. 

Bellingham home inspection, king of the house

This roof has many problems and leaks at this time. At this point, the best thing to tell a prospective buyer is to plan to replace the roof and sheathing.

'Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

 

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Comment balloon 4 commentsSteven L. Smith • April 18 2010 01:28PM

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Wow Steven, walk that roof at the wrong time of day and I bet it'd be super slick. Great picture! Thanks Jay

Posted by Jay Lloyd, Allpro Home Inspection (Cape Coral Florida) over 8 years ago

Wow, two Jays in a row!

I had never seen roofs like that until I got onto AR a couple of years ago!  We don't have them here.  Once I spoke to a roofer about moss here and he said that one school of thought had it that the moss protects the roof.  I would not be a subscriber to that school!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Looks like a very nice pad to me.

 

Very kindly,

 

Croakster

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Croakster,

You want moss, we got it.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

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