My favorite part of being a home inspector here in Salem, Oregon is learning CONSTANTLY! For an attentive observer, there are always things to learn about.
A few years ago, I was on a roof and the agent asked me how old the roof was. I told her that I couldn’t really tell, but that I guessed that it was maybe 1 or 2 years old. She asked me why didn’t I look at the date stamp on the flashing boot?
(•blank-home-inspector-look•) The wha…!?
Yup, every so often even the know-it-all home inspector has something to learn. Right there, stamped for all who know where to look, is the date that the flashing was made. Of course, this is not an exact date of roof installation, but it is usually within 6 months.
A pretty neat little trick.