Advanced Roof Inspections

This course will teach inspectors how to perform visual inspections of a roof system. It covers all aspects of common roof terms, gutters, and drainage, framing and trim, roof coverings, roof flashing, roof ventilation, and a brief section on inspecting chimneys. Ladder safety will also be included in the course. This is an InterNachi approved course for 24 hours of continuing training.




Goal: Students will learn how to inspect the roof-covering and exterior systems of a home.

After completing course requirements, the student will be able to:

  • Inspect various types of residential roof systems
  • Identify the systems and components of roof and exterior systems
  • Understand how the components of roof and exterior systems function and perform
  • Understand how moisture, heat and energy move through a home
  • Describe to clients the defects observed at the roof or exterior inspection

Course Syllabus

During this training, students will learn the following:

  • General roof terms
  • Roof styles and details
  • Common roof concerns
  • Roof gutters and drainage
  • Downspout terminations
  • Roof framing and trim
  • Roof coverings
  • Asphalt shingles I and II
  • Slate tile
  • Clay and concrete tile
  • Asbestos cement tile
  • Wood shingles and shake I and II
  • Metal
  • Flat roofs
  • Roll roofing
  • Built-up
  • Membranes
  • Roofing oddities
  • Flashings
  • Roof
  • Edge and ridge
  • Valley
  • Roof-to-roof
  • Roof-to-wall
  • Chimney
  • Vents and other penetrations
  • Roof and basic ventilation
  • Chimneys
  • Inspections
  • Masonry and manufactured
  • Door identification
  • Common problems with doors and windows
  • Egress doors
  • Windowsills
  • Putty
  • Weatherstripping
  • Shutters
  • Insulation value of siding and material chart
  • Siding types
  • Solid wood and lumber
  • Plywood
  • Shingles and shakes
  • Hardboard
  • OSB
  • Particleboard
  • Aluminum and steel
  • Grounding metal siding
  • Vinyl
  • SIPs
  • Stone
  • Brick
  • Stucco and EIFS
  • Asbestos cement-based siding
  • Siding considerations
  • Finishing concerns
  • Chalking/rot
  • Clay, slate, and asphalt shingles
  • Masonry exterior wall covering
  • Concrete blocks
  • Manufactured stone
  • Load bearing or veneer?
  • Common concerns with masonry exterior by inspection
  • Foundation cracks and water
  • Masonry foundation and piers
  • Shrinkage cracking
  • Sweeping or horizontal cracking
  • Above ground masonry walls
  • Eaves, soffits and fasciae
  • Wall assembly
  • House wraps
  • Waterproofing and damp-proofing
  • Permanent wood foundations
  • Common concerns with walls
  • Inadequate clearance from the roof cover
  • Dense vegetation
  • Wood and soil contact
  • Water intrusion
  • Understanding and inspecting flashing
  • Flashing of wall components and moisture concerns
  • Flashing and caulking
  • Sealants for through-wall penetrations
  • Kick-out flashing
  • Drainage systems
  • Exterior drainage
  • Site surface drainage
  • Foundation drainage
  • Inspection of drainage slope
  • Property drainage
  • Sump pumps
  • Additional exteriors:
  • Landscaping
  • Fencing
  • Ramps
  • Stairways
  • Risers and treads
  • Guards
  • Spheres
  • Handgrips
  • Exterior attachments:
  • Emergency escape and rescue openings
  • Basement walkouts
  • Exterior decks
  • Garage inspection, including garage door opener
  • Defensible spaces
  • Retaining walls
  • Driveway, walkways and pavements
  • Buried oil tanks
  • Other exterior considerations
  • Exterior structures and systems
  • Yards and courts
  • Flood zones
  • Exterior water
  • GFCI-protection of the exterior
  • Clothes dryer exhaust
  • Guide for homeowners: Water management and water damage prevention

Course Additional Information

Included with your NETI experience:

  • Breakfast and lunch provided daily

No classes scheduled at this time.