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Jonni, Home Seller in Washington

What is a roof certification? I just had the home inspected by the buyers and they want a roof certification.

Asked by Jonni, Washington Sat Mar 8, 2008

How long do they typically cover in the state of Washington? I have a cedar shake roof that definitely needs repairs and cleaning and praying that I don't need a new roof!

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A roof certification is a statement of opinion by a licensed roofer who deems the roof has a life expectancy of up to 3 years and should be FHA compliant.

First, a thorough roof inspection is carried out to assess the rooftop's current condition and uncover any deficiencies. Typically an inspection starts with an interior inspection and then moves to the outside. Pictures are taken from several angles and vantage points.

In the event that any roof repairs are needed, they must be satisfied before a certification can be issued. Depending on the items in need of repair they can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours on average or longer. The property owner should look for a roofing company that offers a workmanship warranty.

If no repairs are needed, a roof certification can usually be provided the next day or sooner.
Web Reference: http://www.RoofRx.com
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 11, 2011
Just a three year life expectancy? That's a little better than what I was thinking. My roof is pretty old, but I'm sure it has at least three years left in it. If the buyers want it replaced then we can negotiate a price for that, but I want to have the certification either way. | http://bbac.co
Flag Tue Feb 3, 2015
Usually, a roof certification is included in the regular package from a building certifier. I think that if you're wondering who would be best to call, that is your best bet. http://www.thomas-tic.com.au/About%20Us
Flag Wed Dec 17, 2014
My roof needed a large repair after a severe storm nailed it last year. I was curious to see if I needed a roof certification for a repair, or if they were just needed for new roofs. The contractor took care of everything and the roof was replaced without problem.

http://www.a-jroofing.com/products.html
Flag Fri Sep 19, 2014
Jonni....

A roof certification is usually provided by a licensed roofer. They certify the roof will remain water tight for a period of one year. What that means if the roof leaks within that year the roofer will make it water tight. If the roofer will not certify it then it is usually recommended to replace it with like kind and quality. Good luck.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 8, 2008
Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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Roof Certifications are issued by a roof inspector to certify that a roof is free of defects and should perform as designed for a certain period of time. The certification period is usually 1-2 years and sometimes as many as 5. The period requested can and does vary. (You did not mention the period of time the certification was requested for).

Roof Certifications are typically requested by; Lenders, Municipalities, and Buyers. Lenders want a roof independently inspected to mitigate risk, municipalities want roofs inspected to maintain a quality housing stock and tax base. Buyers will often request a roof certification after a home inspection.

Since your buyer requested a certification after a home inspection, it is likely that the inspector found defects and therefore requested a roofer inspect and verify the condition of the roof. In other words, you have a problem and it may need to be corrected.

If you know you have problems and pay up front for a roof certification, you are wasting your time and money. What you really need are quotes to repair the existing roof and a warantee or certification after the repairs are made. For this, I recommend getting several quotes. Why pay to get a quote?

You should contact several roofing contractors who work with your type of roof. Ask them if they will repair and then certify a roof what they charge for the roof certification (after it is repaired).

Roof certifications are not necessarily a warantee or guarantee.

Lenders and municipalities want a detailed inspection and simply want to know the roof will not likely leak in the period requested. For this, an independent inspector is probably the best choice. Since the independent roof inspector has no vested interest in selling you a new roof or repairs, you will get an honest opinion. If the roof is leaking or nearing the end of its useful life, don't expect a certification.
Web Reference: http://www.inspexpro.com/
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 3, 2008
I have a great article I keep bookmarked on the subject:

Roof Certifications and Roof Inspections
From Elizabeth Weintraub,
Your Guide to Home Buying / Selling. (About.com)

(Please note: this quote is truncated into a short blurb to illustrate an answer to your question.)

Roof certifications are separate from a home inspection. Home inspectors, for the most part, do not perform thorough roof inspections. Instead, roofing inspectors climb up on the roof and issue reports on:

* Possible movement
* Condition of roofing materials
* Ridges, caps and drip edges
* Soundness of drains, downspouts, and gutters
* Flashing around roof pipes, chimneys, vents, valleys and mounting of HVAC units

If the roof does not require repairs, the roofing company will then estimate the remaining years of life for a roof and certify its inspection. The certification is good for two to five years, depending on local custom.

If the roof requires repairs, after the repairs are performed, the roofing company will then issue the roof certification.

You can read the entire article (which gives a very clear explanation in general) by clicking the Web References link below.

FYI: A number of buyers have stipulated this as part of the contingencies of their contracts (e.g. Subject To: appraisal, inspection, engineer's report, roof certification, mortgage, etc. ). There are a lot of stips a buyer and seller can insist upon to include in a binder and real estate sales contract to close a deal. Contracts should always be reviewed carefully before they are signed. Regards, C. ( http://www.TannStarr.com)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 8, 2008
I think they just want to see the paperwork that you have had the roof inspected. Buyers want to make sure they know exactly what they are buying. It can get pretty messy if the buyer were to buy a house with roofing problems. They are just making sure they are getting the deal that they think they are. http://www.goroof1.com
Flag Tue Feb 24, 2015
I believe the certification is FHA complaint. There is certain criteria a roof has to fit before it is certified by the FHA. A legitimate roofing contractor will know what that criteria is and should follow it to a T. Just make sure they have a good track record. http://www.bettercontracting.ca/aboutus/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 9, 2015
It is basically a statement given to you by a professional roofer that gives a minimum time that the roof is A-OK before another inspection needs to be done. The time frame varries from state to state, I know it's 4 years in UT. We just got our certificate done a few weeks ago when we had our roof cleaned. We are now one step closer to selling! http://www.roofrenewalsystems.net/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 7, 2015
A roof certification is issued by a licensed roofing contractor, stating that the roof should last for "x" number of years.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 22, 2014
That sounds like some proof of proper roofing. They probably want to make sure that you did everything correctly and in the right way if you had work done on your roof. The best thing for you might be to just get rid of the cedar shake and get it replaced. http://russlundinroofing.com/Roof%20Repair.aspx
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 22, 2014
I know that my roof probably isn't up to code. That being said, it isn't really my roof to begin with. We rent a basement apartment. So even if the roof isn't the greatest, we hardly notice!
http://www.homesteadroofing.com/roof_cleaning.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 2, 2014
Roof certifications are normally connected to a home's insurance needs. These certifications are usually not done with a structural inspection because they require a different type of licensure. They are basically another level of an inspection. These certifications generally focus on the roof's age, condition, and manner in which it was constructed.

Hope this helps.

Bill
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 23, 2014
I wouldn't be sure, you would have to talk to a roofing contractor. I know that it does differ from state to state pretty drastically how long certification will last for. My guess though, is that you should be fine. If the want a new roof they will likely be the ones to install it. http://www.whalleysfourseasonsroofing.ca/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 21, 2014
This may still be of value, though this is old question. The way I see it, it's a "roof inspection" and report that states the condition of a roof, performed by a licensed roofer.

There really is no standard or law that regulates the, so it is merely an opinion of a contractor (unless it is a commercial roof still under manufacturers LABOR + MATERIALS warranty or NDL, which they can then "certify").

We do inspections / certifications in MA (though not often). Last one was for a contemporary home copper roof - basically buyer used our report to get discount off the house. We later performed repairs on that roof.

The cost of inspection + report was $325, which was later deducted from repair cost.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 22, 2014
Should I buy a 12 year home which has roof shingles are worn out , I have been advised roof certification , will you advise buying this home , I have other choices also
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 3, 2014
You can buy it, though most likely you will have to replace the roof.
Flag Tue Jul 22, 2014
Well roofing in Oakville is required to have it. I mean you definitely want someone that knows what they're talking about when you have your roofing inspected. http://www.craftsmanroofing.ca
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
A roof certification is a professional opinion that the roof will last for 5 yrs without leaking.
fastrak inspections offers this service and has an additional service for writing roof warranties which is a guarantee that if the roof leaks, they will pay for the repairs up to the end of the 5 year warranty period. they can be reached at realestateserviceprovider.net Fastrak inspections are located in the Seattle Wa. area
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 1, 2013
A ROOF CERTIFICATION IS A ROOFING CONTRACTORS PROFESSIONAL OPINION THAT THE ROOF HAS 5 YRS OF LIFE BEFORE REPLACEMENT. A WARRANTY IS A PROFESSIONAL OPINION THAT THE ROOF WILL LAST FOR 5 YRS WITH OUT LEAKING INTO THE INTERIOR OF THE HOME AND IF IT SHOULD LEAK, THE ROOFING CONTRACTOR OR ASSIGNS WILL MAKE THE NECESSARY REPAIRS TO THE LEAKING AREA AT NO COST TO THE OWNER.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 30, 2011
A Leak FREE® Roof Certification is a formal certificate issued by a NRCIA member after he has performed a Visual ROOF® inspection of a property following the NRCIA Inspection Protocols and has determined that the roof has met the Leak FREE® Roof Certification criteria subject to its terms and conditions. Most Certifications are for 2 years.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 29, 2009
Jonni
A roof certification is a professional assessment by a roof inspector. Oddly enough, it is usually the lender that requires that in some areas due to the amount of percipitation that area receives.
Keith
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 8, 2008
I think that you should go to a qualified roofer and ask. I have a friend that lives in my neighborhood. He has been a roofer for more than twenty years. He's the one I ask for all of my roofing questions. http://www.kramerroofing.com/services/roofing.aspx
Flag Wed Jan 21, 2015
Keith Sorem, Real Estate Pro in Glendale, CA
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