Elements of Inspection
During the attic inspection, we look for signs of past or current leakage, the presence of insulation and types of ventilation. We also conduct a visual review of the structural components.
- General attic inspection: Stairway, structural components/rafters, evidence of moisture, attic flooring, appliance vents, attic vapor barrier, attic ventilation, attic insulation.
- Ceiling joist: Proper connections, damage, cracking, splitting.
- Insulation: Depth and type of insulation in recommended locations.
- Roof rafter: Splitting, sagging, improper notching.
- Collar tie: Proper connections, damage, cracking, splitting.
- Chimney liner: Usually a limited visual review. Inspect exterior for signs of damage/disconnections.
- Stud (gable wall): Limited inspection. Visible only in unfinished areas.
- Ridge board: Inspected from the attic for cracking, splitting, insect damage, wood deterioration.
- Wall sheathing: Limited review. Normally not visible to inspector due to exterior covering.
- Insulation (where visible): Coverage at occupied areas. Inspect and describe the insulation in unfinished spaces.