Do you know what to look for in a roof when you’re buying a resale home? When you consider purchasing a home, you want to make sure that the roof on the house is sturdy. A roof is one of the most expensive features of the structure of a home so you should make sure to give it a thorough inspection. Let’s take a look at some of the most critical factors to look for in a roof whether you’re looking to buy a home or sell your current home.
Age of Roof
Ask the homeowner about the lifespan of the roof. When buying a home, one of the very first things you should do is to inspect the roof. Just stand at a distance and investigate several things. One of the most important things to look for in a roof is to check if it’s mold-free. Make sure the roof is flat, and there are no bulges or curly edges. Look out for worn-out spots and see if any shingles are missing. If you see such deformities in the roof, then it indicates that the roof is quite old.
Inspect a Roof
You can have a roofing professional inspect these five items on a roof when buying a home:
1. Good Ventilation System
A home may have a new roof that looks great, but if it doesn’t have appropriate ventilation that lets sunlight and air come in easily, then you may face huge issues. Poor ventilation system can cause many problems. It doesn’t only add up to the cost by creating more problems, but also helps in the formation of mold.
2. Downspouts, Gutters, and Drainage Pipes
Make sure to investigate drainage pipes that run along the roof. Getting up on the roof and inspecting the seepage system is a great way to judge a roof’s condition. However, it is recommended that you let experts do that. Or be very careful if you decide to do it yourself. A seepage system involves downspouts, gutters, and drainage pipes. While checking the gutters, look for asphalt shingle grains thoroughly because the small grains that coats shingles are responsible for shielding the shingles from destructive sunbeams.
3. Breaks and Leaks
Rooftop leaks can damage the structure and floors in a home. Leaks damage or ruin your furniture, and can destroy the paint and the walls as well. Once the leaking begins, it is challenging to track the source of the leak. The leak is not always where it seems. Leakage mostly happens in plumbing vents and chimneys, or also when it rains heavily. Roofing professionals can find the leak and repair it for you.
4. Mold on the Roof
Mold on the rooftop is terrible for your home and the people inside of it. It not only affects the aesthetics but has other sides effects such as a bad odor and health risks. If a leak is not fixed correctly, mold can return even though you remove the mold. It can contaminate the walls and paint of the house.
5. Check the Rooftop Downspouts
Properly check all rooftop downpipes to make sure that they are releasing into stormwater wells and not right onto the ground. You should search for any possibilities of past flooding or excessive water flowing around the rooftop downspouts because this can mean that the soak wells are not the appropriate sizes or require a cleaning process, which can be very expensive.
It is important to be careful when buying a house. You should ideally hire a professional to inspect the home and give you a report. In addition to this, repairs should be completed before you move to your new house to avoid problems.
No. 1 Home Roofing is proud to deliver quality service to its clientele in local communities, and therefore has years of experience in re-roofing and patching flat roofing systems.
No. 1 Home Roofing is a family-owned and operated roofing company conveniently located on U.S. Highway 19 in Palm Harbor, Florida. We are dedicated to providing top quality workmanship and materials to ensure that your new roof is done right. We specialize in shingle, tile, and flat roof installation, repairs, and maintenance. Contact us for an appointment and/or estimate at 727-781-7663.