Continuing with the Key Systems of the home series the next area is on potential structural issues with a home. While these are less common it is still good to know what to look for because if there is a structural issues it is something you want to address.
Settlement crack or structural issue? - In Florida we see settlement cracks in homes and it is very common. Slab on grade foundations settle and stucco siding shows the results. These are what I call typical settlement cracks that can be treated by simply keeping them sealed up and painted. Now a crack showing more than a 1/4 inch or more of space can be a potential structural issue which would need further evaluation from a structural engineer. Again those these are not very common.
Footers - Footers are the main corners of a foundation and the biggest thing we don't want to see here is any major movement, cracking or issues in these areas. If a footer is moving, you may have a structural issue and it will need to be corrected.
Trusses/Roofing - If Florida our roof systems are very important because we are in a hurricane state. The types of potential structural issues you want to look for here is broken/cut/missing trusses or support beams in the attic area under the main roofing. These types of defects can cause a roofing system to fail under a heavy storm load. Though not very common it is definitely an area that is looked for in a inspection. If your inspector is not venturing into the attic area you may want to look for someone that will do a more thorough job.
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