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Roof Inspection

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The Roofing Stage

The roof is often its own separate building stage. It includes finishing the roof, installing the gutters and downpipes part way down, if the building is two storey. Generally the builder will not install downpipes to the ground as they will likely be damaged otherwise. Not many request it as an inspection, though it is common more for commercial inspections.


If scaffold is in the way it may obscure the inspection. And if scaffold is needed for the inspection the inspector will not access it if it is not completely standard. Commercial work is sometimes the only scaffold the inspector can use to access all roofing.

The inspector will not go on a roof. There is too much risk. While  roofers go on roofing all the time, it can be dangerous. So unless there is valid safe scaffold, including valid safe ladders, with appropriate safe handrails, the inspection is done from the ground.

Most domestic roof inspections are carried out with the lock-up stage.

Extra Reading

There is more here on this Access Canberra page on how to resolve disputes.

“As soon as you identify an issue or have a concern, raise this with your builder in writing. Your builder should take steps to address your concerns. If the issues are not resolved and are about building or planning of a technical compliance nature, and construction is still underway talk to your building certifier and consider making a complaint to Access Canberra. The building certifier is appointed by the land owner and not the builder. They work in the interest of achieving compliance with the relevant building and planning laws.”

More Here

“If your concerns relate to your contract, such as issues with payments, quality of inclusions, or communication, you can contact:

Full List of Building Stages

Also see more about the full list of building stages and contracts below. We would recommend five of those be inspected. The bigger the house the more inspections we recommend you have.

     Your Building Contract

     Slab Inspection

…..Frame Inspection

…..Facade Inspection

…..Roof Inspection

…..Lock Up Inspection

…..Pre Lining Inspection

…..Fixing and Fit Off Inspection

…..Practical Completion Inspection

…..Ninety Day Defect Liability Inspection

We hope this page helps you.

Written by: Nick Broadhurst, building inspector, registered Class A Builder, Bach. Arch. UWA. For more information on Nick: See here

Nick Broadhurst building inspector on top of a roof.

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We will answer your questions. Our Building Inspector is registered here at Access Canberra. No. 111.

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