Different climates and even different jurisdictions have their own rules when it comes to residential guttering systems. Home inspectors should be aware of the requirements for their particular service area, and be prepared to inform their clients of the potential problems that an inadequate, damaged or neglected system can cause by reading Inspecting Gutters and Downspouts.
The way houses are built nowadays, they are not as breathable as they once were. In less-breathable houses, water has an easier time entering the building envelope and vapor has a tougher time leaving. As a result, newer homes are more likely to suffer water damage than older homes. Kick-out flashing is more important than ever to divert rainwater away from cladding. Inspectors should know where they should be located and what common defects to look for while inspecting home exteriors. Check out our new article on kick-out flashing to find out more about these critical components.