When looking to buy a home, one of the most important pieces of the house is a sturdy roof. Roof damage can cost thousands of dollars and you wouldn’t want to buy a home with a faulty roof. At A&A Roofing Company Inc. we want to give you our 3 tips on what to look for when buying/selling your next home.
Get to Know How Old the Rooftop Is
The very first thing that you should do when buying a new home is to check its roof. Stand at a distance and investigate things such as:
Is the roof perfectly flat?
Are there curly edges or bulges?
Do you see worn spots?
Are there any shingles missing?
If you see such deformities, in the roof, then it indicates that the roof is quite old. You need to ask the homeowner about the lifespan of the roof. Roofs are commonly made from materials like composite, metal, tin, rubber or cedar shingles. A roof made from composite shingles helps the roof last for a longer time without repairs while other common materials may require a roof inspection and possible maintenance on an annual basis.
Investigate Canals and Seepage System
Make sure to investigate drainage pipes that run along the roof. Having a trusted roof contractor get up on the roof to check the seepage system is a great way to judge a roof’s condition. 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 coat shingles are responsible for shielding the shingles from destructive sun beams.
Look for Breaks and Leaks
Rooftop leaks can play a vital role in damaging the floors and structure of a house. Leaks can harm your furniture, and can totally destroy the paint and the walls as well. Once the leaking begins, it is very difficult to track the source of the leak, which is quite frustrating. The leak is not always where it seems. Leakage mostly happens in valleys, plumbing vents, or chimneys when it rains heavily. Hire a trusted roof inspector like A&A Roofing Company Inc. to find leaks and problems before buying your new home.
For your next home buying/selling call A&A Roofing Company Inc. at (850) 271-4199 to check your roof. Let’s keep what’s meant to be outside… outside.