The primary function of the roof system is to protect against and manage the weather elements, particularly precipitation, thereby protecting the interior and structural components of the home. For the purposes of a home inspection, the roof system consists primarily of the roof coverings, flashings and chimney.
In addition to protecting the interior elements of the home the roof components should also be designed, in conjuction with the gutters and downspouts, to direct rainwater and runoff away from the foundation area, to help reduce the potential for soil erosion, compaction and water entering the basement area.
Because of the important functions this system provides, it's condition should be assessed regularly, and maintenance provided when and wherever necessary.
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