First off, congratulations are in order! If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you are at some stage of the homebuying process, which is such an exciting time! Whether it’s your first home or you’re making a change into the latest and greatest residence, you are about to make a big decision! And if that fills you with nerves, that’s totally ok! But, as your roofing experts, we wanted to take away at least one of those worries by helping guide you into what you should be looking at in the roof for your new home!
Now, unsurprisingly, we are huge proponents of roof health. It’s one of the most important systems to your home, one that keeps the elements away from you and your family so you can be as comfortable as possible. But it’s also a system that most homeowners either neglect or forget about. For a lot of homeowners, until there’s an active leak or problem, the roof is an out of sight, out of mind entity.
But this blog is about what to look for when you’re purchasing a home. Just wanted to make sure you were on the same level of passion about your roof as we are. And now that the excitement’s been drummed up, let’s get to the meat of this blog. There you are, looking at your potential home. What should you be looking for to make sure that the roof is up to the necessary standards to protect you, your family, and your belongings?
One of the first things you should ask the seller is the age of the roof. This is one of the primary factors in the health of the roof. Now, just because a roof is brand-new or it’s been around for decades doesn’t mean you can assume anything about the roof, but it’s a great place to start. An older roof will, typically, have more wear and tear on it and be much more susceptible to damage than one that was built yesterday. And it can also play a factor into the warranty for any pre-existing damage that could be on the roof.
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After you’ve talked about the age of your roof, step back and take a good look at the roof. If there is any noticeable damage from the ground with the naked eye, there’s a very good chance that it’s even worse when you get up for a closer inspection. Some things to pay attention to are any missing shingles, cracked or curled shingles, holes, cracks, worn out spots, mold, and any other possible signs of damage.
Once you’ve taken a good look at the roof and marked any noticeable spots of damage, you’re going to want to take a look at the gutter system. The gutters are incredibly important to the health of your roof and foundation of your home as they are the ones that lead the rain water and melting snow away. If the gutters are already clogged, there’s a good chance that this is a recurring problem and one that you should be addressing before signing on the dotted line of your new home.
The gutters are so important because they help you avoid water damage on the interior of your home, which will be the next thing you want to inspect. Look for water stains on the ceiling and in the attic of your home. Water damage is one of the biggest problems your roof can face, so any roof that already has this issue will need to be dealt with well before you move in. You definitely don’t want to be sitting in your house while water drips on you!
And, if this sounds like a lot of work that needs to be done, you can never go wrong with finding a reliable roofer to help you with your pre-purchase inspection! Not only will a professional know exactly what to be looking for during the inspection, but having a roofer you can call at the first sign of issues is a very helpful thing! They can provide pictures and detailed reports of their findings which can be useful if there ever comes time for an insurance claim, and can also help make those repairs for your new home right away so you can start living in your new abode in no time!
Again, we’re very excited for you to be in the home-buying process! It’s one of the more exciting things one can buy. And because you should feel the excitement instead of the nerves, we wanted to make sure that you are getting the best house possible with our guide to what to look for when buying a home.