I was out and about in Bellingham just the other day. A home inspector can run into unexpected surprises at unusual places. As a home inspector, diligent and all, I try to inform a prospective purchaser of the presence of a multiple layer roof. We see all kinds of arrangements including two or three layers of composition over wood shingles. That is not a pretty sight.
One of the easiest ways to check to see if a roof is multi-layer is to simply gently look under the edge of the roofing at the eave. Here is an example of my identifying a multi-layer roof.
That seems simple and safe enough. But the other day I was following the same procedure and suddenly a bully and three buddies showed up. First there was one crawling out, then there were two and they just kept crawling out from under the eave flashing. After four showed up and started buzzing me, I decided that I was done with those guys and gals.
This was just another reminder that, as a home inspector, you have to make sure you do not fall off the roof and you have to make sure you don't get stung. The buzz word is Bee-Ware!