While generally I walk most roofs at an inspection, a while back I had flat roof on a garage/carport that I would not walk on.
They just don’t get much worse than this prior to being bulldozed. I would say that this roof is a good 20 to 30 years past its expected life and no longer qualifies as a real roof.
Here is an interior shot.
Perhaps the biggest concern with structures like this is when there are kids around that might play in or around them. This was a house that was a short sale—-so it is not likely that the bank is going to do anything about this safety issue.
If the roof collapsed on a bunch of kids using this as a “hideout” would the bank be liable or would the kids (the ones that didn’t get killed) get arrested for trespassing?
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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