Can an inspector evaluate a roof without getting on it?

04/30/2012 | Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)

Some cities and towns in Minnesota prohibit municipal inspectors from climbing on roofs when they inspect them, writes home inspector Reuben Saltzman. Others say they may get on the roof as long as the home owner provides a ladder and leans it against the building. However, inspectors for Saint Louis Park climb on roofs with a pitch of 6:12 or less, while Blaine allows property owners to submit digital photos of roof underlayment as replacement for initial inspection.

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