When doing a home inspection here in Winnipeg, the roof framing is an important thing to pay close attention to.
We have a lot of snow up here and that means a lot of weight. In fact, many roof collapses happen because of snow load, and many of the building codes are designed to prevent this from happening.
So what are some of the things to look for when inspecting roof framing? First of all, look for anything that doesn't seem right. I know that seems like a simplistic thing to say, but if it looks like it wasn't done right then very likely it probably wasn't.
As a home buyer, instead of trying to remember all sorts of PSF calculations and joist spans, focus on what you can see. Does the roof look uneven? Is is sagged in the middle? Does it have waves in it? If it does, be sure to point this out on the home inspection so that we can pay close attention to it and see if it actually is a structural issue.
George Adair, Certified Professional Home Inspector
I provide a wide range of home inspection and home inspection related services in the following areas of southern Manitoba: Winnipeg, Selkirk , Lockport,Steinbach,
Stony Mountain, Elie, Rosser, Lorette Sanford, East St. Paul, West St. Paul, Oak Bank,
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