Roof Inspection Before Buying a House - Essential Tips And Tricks
Purchasing a new home is thrilling, but it’s vital to perform a roof inspection before buying a house. Before you fall in love with the open-concept floor plan and spa-like bathrooms, be sure to inspect the roof. At Bittner Roofing Service, we know the roof is one of the most critical parts of any home. Make sure to thoroughly check it out before signing your name. Here’s what we recommend looking for to avoid any major roofing headaches:
· Age of the Roof
First, ask the sellers how old the current roof is. Most asphalt shingle roofs last 15-20 years or so. However, metal, tile, and slate roofs can last anywhere from 30-50 years plus. If it’s nearing the end of its expected lifespan, you’ll probably need to replace it soon. Factor a new roof into your budget.
· Roofing Materials
Asphalt shingle roofing is a popular choice, but tile, slate, metal, and newer synthetic roofing materials are options, too. Each has varying durability, cost, energy efficiency, and aesthetics. Research what might work best for your home and budget.
· Damage – Yikes.
Closely inspect for cracked, missing, warped, or damaged shingles or tiles. Check the flashing around chimneys, vents, and eaves for deterioration. Damage can lead to leaks and roof repairs later on, which is not ideal.
· Previous Repairs
Ask if any repairs or replacements have been completed. Patch jobs may indicate larger underlying issues needing more comprehensive fixes down the road. Multiple layers of roofing materials shorten the roof’s lifespan as well.
· Attic Condition
If possible, peek in the attic. Look for moisture signs like stains or mold on rafters and sheathing. Watch for daylight coming through cracks. Probe the insulation with a stick to find wet spots. Leaks may not be visible from outside.
Ensure there is proper ridge and soffit ventilation. Good airflow keeps the attic cooler and prevents moisture buildup. This extends the life of the roof.
· Gutters and Downspouts
Clogged gutters can lead to roof leaks. Make sure they are clean and draining properly. Downspouts should direct water far from the foundation. Check for leaking seam seals – re-caulk if needed.
· Chimneys and Skylights
Inspect the flashing and seals around chimneys and skylights, outside and in the attic. These areas often leak. Confirm all joints are adequately sealed with no cracks.
· Tree Branches
Nearby trees should be trimmed back from touching the roof. Friction from branches can damage shingles and cause wear over time.
Consider hiring a roofing contractor for a roof inspection before you buy a house and to provide a detailed report on the state of the said roof. A roofing service thoroughly assesses the roof and identifies issues you may miss. This gives peace of mind about the condition. Our team at Bittner Roofing Company offers these types of inspections – contact us.
Regular roof maintenance and timely repairs keep it in the good condition. But roofs do eventually wear out. If it’s nearing end of life, it’s a good idea to budget for a replacement. With careful inspection and metal roofers help, you’ll know the true condition of your potential new home’s roof.