Home inspectors are always finding things done improperly.
A very common defect is where wood siding does not have proper clearances to the roof covering.
Two inches of clearance is recommended and when it is closer than this the wood will be subject to decay/rot because it is more likely to stay wet–especially as vegetative debris builds up in the area.
Sometimes there were adequate clearances originally, but with the addition of multiple layers of roofing the siding has become too close to the roof–and sometimes even buried by roofing materials. This is another strong argument for not going over other layers of shingles–even when “allowed” by code or manufacturer.
At a recent inspection I found this defect done in the most perfect way I have ever seen.
If you are going to create a defect it might as well be a perfect defect.
The siding had been replaced and was actually coped to fit around the shingles. This is going to be a less than ideal situation over time, and cutting the siding back to allow for proper clearances is recommended.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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