External Secondary & Finishing Element Defects

The Building Inspection includes the following External inspections:

  • Masonry walls ( incl. face brickwork, block work, external render or stucco) for bricks fretting & spalling, mortar eroding, blocked/obstructed weep-holes, cracking brickwork, corrosion of embedded steel, arch bars or lintels & associated cracking, movement, crazing & surface cracking, sheet spalling.
  • External cladding for wind damage, rotten weatherboards, warping/ splitting and corrosion
  • Damp-proof course / flashing for fixing, damage, corrosion, being loose, dislodged/deteriorated
  • Windows/window elements for gaps to wall structure, sealing to junction between frame and wall, state of glazing putty, weathering, rotted timber, corrosion
  • Door Steps for damage, cracking, thresholds cracked due to bad bedding practice
  • Slab floor finishes (balconies and patios) for damage, lifting and cracking
  • Paintwork for effect of lack of painting on water-tightness of external walls & parapets, blistering, flaking, cracking, peeling
  • Chimneys for lack of chimney support, continuity & intactness within roof space, intactness above roof line, missing chimney pots/cowls, dislodgement or deterioration of flashings, mortar erosion, metal flue corrosion
  • External joinery ( e.g. barge boards, gable ends etc) for fixing, badly weathered or rotted timbers
  • Garage doors for fixing, badly weathered or rotted timbers, corrosion, damage
  • Underside of roofing for corrosion, deterioration, watertightness
  • Roofing for corrosion secured fixing screws, lifting, damage, watertightness, pointing, state of ridge tiles, shell ends, barge tiles
  • Skylights for leaking, damage
  • Valleys for fixing, corrosion
  • Flashings for being loose, dislodged or deteriorated, damage
  • Rainwater goods ( including gutters, downpipes, and rainwater tanks) for fixing, damage, corrosion
  • Eaves Linings for fixing, damage
  • Roof insulation for fixing, damage
  • Roof sarking for fixing, damage
  • Vermin proofing / bird-proofing (mesh and plates) for fixing, damage, corrosion
  • Termite shields for fixing, damage, corrosion
  • Small retaining walls (non-structural) for cracking, movement, tilting
  • Paths and paving for cracking, breaks, evenness
  • Driveways for cracking, breaks, evenness
  • Stairs and handrails for corrosion, rotted timber, safety
  • Steps for cracking, breaks, evenness, safety
  • Fences for fixing, being plumb, cracking & movement, badly weathered or rotted palings, corrosion, damage
  • Site drainage for defective piping, possible drainage problems if the inspection is conducted during a prolonged dry spell