INSPECTING SLOPED ROOFS by Ron Passaro How to spot current or future problems when inspecting residential steep roofs I have been a full-time home inspector for the last seventeen years. Prior to that, I was a building contractor and before that, I earned my living as a carpenter. What I have tried to do in this article is share with you some of the things I have come across over the years when inspecting different types of sloped roofs and their flashings. Using care in putting on a roof initially —snapping lines, choosing long enough nails, applying seal-tab or selfsealing strips—will all result in a better roof. On closer inspection, a number of other clues present themselves which might indicate roofing problems. Loss of