The roof is what protects your home and your family from nature’s elements. That’s why it’s important to have a healthy, well maintained roof over your home. If you’re buying a new home, it’s important to check out the roof to see what you’re dealing with. The last thing you want is to buy your new home, get all settled in and then have a big roof repair or replacement on your hands. Here are a few things you should look for in a roof when shopping for a new home, as well as how to check the roof.
Damage – Usually you can see roof damage right from the ground, and if you can that’s not a good sign. Roof damage leaves the roof weak and vulnerable which can lead to a lot of other problems in the home and you may wind up with some costly repairs in the near future. There is some minor roof damage that might not be a big deal like a missing shingle or two. This is something you can ask to be fixed before you get the keys.
Blocked Gutters – If there is build-up and debris in the gutters, there may be a larger issue. This might be a sign of the gutters being backed up which could cause water leaks in the home. If the gutters are backed up, but no damage has occurred it’s a pretty easy fix, but if there is substantial damage you may want to keep shopping.
Water Damage – Check around the inside of the house, specifically on the ceiling and walls in any upstairs rooms or even the attic to see if there are signs of water damage. Unfortunately many homeowners will try to cover up water damage, so it’s good to have an inspection done to be sure there isn’t any.
Age of the Roof – It’s always good to find out the age of the current roof. Depending on what type of roof the home has, it may have lots of life left in it. Ask the homeowners for as much information as possible on what type of roof it is, when it was installed and what repairs have been done.
Repairs and Patches – While repairs and patching may be a sign of regular maintenance and upkeep, it may also be a sign of a bigger issue. If the repairs weren’t made properly, or they are being used as a bandaid for something more serious, you might end up with a mess on your hands. This is why it’s important to have the roof inspected by a professional to tell you exactly what is going on.
When it comes to buying a new home, you might not be able to check everything off on your list. Roof repair and replacement is something that comes with homeownership, so don’t write a house off just because it needs some roof repair. Get a roofer out to inspect the home so you know what you’re dealing with and then make your decision from there. Contact Azalea City Roofing today!