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Exterior Systems Inspection

A-Pro’s exterior systems inspection is a visual examination of the home’s exterior walls. Your inspector evaluates performance issues such as structural support member movement and common installation problems. Because moisture intrusion is impossible to determine if there are no active or visual signs, your A-Pro inspector checks common problem areas for evidence of moisture damage and deficiencies in the flashing. Long before closing, an exterior inspection can let a homebuyer know of potential problems: rotten and damaged siding; water pooling around the home; broken, rusted or damaged gutters; and peeling paint, particularly important (because of lead concerns) in homes built before 1978.

A-Pro inspects:

  • Doors, including Egress Doors
  • Windows, Windowsills, Window Wells
  • Putty
  • Weather Stripping
  • Shutters
  • Awnings
  • Fogged Windows
  • Siding
  • Insulation Value of Siding
  • Wood Siding
  • Solid Wood and Lumber Siding
  • Plywood Siding
  • Shingles and Shakes
  • Hardboard
  • OSB Siding
  • Particleboard Siding
  • Finish Problems, including Chalking and Rot
  • Aluminum and Steel Siding
  • Grounding Metal Siding
  • Vinyl Siding
  • SIPs
  • Brick
  • Stone
  • Stucco and EIFS
  • Asbestos
  • Cement-Based Siding
  • Clay and Slate Shingles
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Masonry Exterior Wall Covering
  • Concrete Blocks
  • Manufactured Stone
  • Foundation Cracks and Water
  • Masonry Foundation and Piers
  • Shrinkage and Cracking
  • Sweeping or Horizontal Cracking
  • Above-Ground Masonry Walls
  • Eaves, Soffits and Fasciae
  • Wall Assembly
  • House Wrap
  • Waterproofing and Damp-Proofing
  • Permanent Wood Foundations
  • Common Problems with Walls
  • Inadequate Clearance from the Roof Cover
  • Dense Vegetation
  • Wood and Soil Contact
  • Water Intrusion
  • Flashing of Wall Components and Moisture Problems
  • Caulking
  • Sealants for Through-Wall Penetrations
  • Kickout Flashing
  • Exterior Drainage Systems
  • Site Surface Drainage
  • Foundation Drainage
  • Roof and Surface Drainage
  • Roof Overhangs and Projections
  • Roof Drainage, Gutters and Downspouts
  • Drainage Slope
  • Property Drainage
  • Sump Pumps
  • Landscaping
  • Fences
  • Ramps
  • Stairways
  • Risers and Treads
  • Guards
  • Spheres
  • Handgrips
  • Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings
  • Basement Walkouts
  • Exterior Decks
  • Garage
  • Garage Door Opener
  • Chimneys
  • Defensible Space
  • Retaining Walls
  • Driveway, Walkways and Pavements
  • Buried Oil Tanks
  • Yards and Courts
  • Flood Zones
  • Exterior Water
  • GFCI-Protection for the Exterior
  • Clothes Dryer Exhaust
  • Private Wells
  • Septic Systems
  • More

 

LIFE EXPECTANCY – SIDINGS, FLASHING & ACCESSORIES YEARS
Aluminum Siding 25 to 40+
Aluminum Gutters, Downspouts, Soffit and Fascia 20 to 40+
Asbestos Shingle 100
Brick 100+
Cementitious 100+
Copper Downspouts 100
Copper Gutters 50+
Engineered Wood 100+
Fiber Cement 100+
Galvanized Steel Gutters/Downspouts 20
Manufactured Stone 100+
Stone 100+
Stucco/EIFS 50+
Trim 25
Vinyl Siding 60
Vinyl Gutters and Downspouts 25+
Wood/Exterior Shutters 20

 

LIFE EXPECTANCY –ADHESIVES, CAULK & PAINTS YEARS
Caulking (interior & exterior) 5 to 10
Construction Glue 20+
Paint (exterior) 7 to 10
Paint (interior) 10 to 15
Roofing Adhesives/Cements 15+
Sealants 8
Stains 3 to 8

Porches, Balconies, Decks and Carports

 

Your A-Pro inspector visually examines porches, balconies, decks and carports, understanding that these additions are too often prone to improper installation methods. Our goal is to help prevent costly repairs and accidents caused by potentially unsafe features. These areas are inspected at the visible attachments and for safety issues related to balusters, spindles, rails and stairs.

LIFE EXPECTANCY –DECKS YEARS 
Deck Planks 15
Composite 8 to 25
Structural Wood 10 to 30

 

LIFE EXPECTANCY – GARAGES YEARS
Garage Doors 20 to 25
Garage Door Openers 10 to 15

 

LIFE EXPECTANCY – COUNTERTOPS YEARS
Concrete 50
Cultured Marble 20
Natural Stone 100+
Laminate 20 to 30
Resin 10+
Tile 100+
Wood 100+
LIFE EXPECTANCY – CABINETRY & STORAGE     YEARS
Bathroom Cabinets 50+
Closet Shelves 100+
Entertainment Center/Home Office 10
Garage/Laundry Cabinets 70+
Kitchen Cabinets 50
Medicine Cabinet 25+
Modular (stock manufacturing-type) 50
LIFE EXPECTANCY –PANELS YEARS
Flooring Underlayment 25
Hardboard 40
Particleboard 60
Plywood 100
Softwood 30
Oriented Strand Board (OSB) 60
Wall Panels 100+

 

 

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