What to look for on the roof when you’re buying a home

What to look for on the roof when you’re buying a home

Visual Check

One of the easiest things you can do is simply take a step back, and inspect the roof from a distance. Is the roof laying flat? Are there any worn spots? Missing shingles? Any curled edges, mold or mildew? ISsues like these normally indicate that it’s an older roof. Be sure and ask the homeowner how old the roof is and if there are any warranties you can take advantage of. Although asphalt is the average roofing material, some roof are made out of cedar shingles, rubber, metal, or tin. Anything other than asphalt requires a yearly inspection. Make sure the homeowner is up to date with his yearly inspections.


Proper Ventilation

Although the house you’re considering may have a brand new roof on it, if it doesn’t have a proper ventilation system, you may have big problems. Proper attic insulation and ventilation is a large must have when considering buying a house. When there is not proper ventilation, it may cause the roof to warp. It reduced your energy costs and decreases the amount of moisture in the house. Proper ventilation also prevents snow melting and refreezing in the winter months.


Gutters and Drainage

If you don’t feel like getting up on the roof and inspecting it yourself, ask the homeowner about the drainage system. Specifically, ask him about the gutters, drainage, and downspouts. When inspecting the gutters, it’s valuable to keep your eyes open for significant amount of asphalt shingle grains. The sand like grit that coasts shingles is what protects the shingles and shields it from harmful sun rays. Typically you’ll only see the colorful grit wearing off from older asphalt roofs.



Everyone know how much of a pain roof leaks are. Not only are they just a nuisance, but can cause a great deal of damage. A roof leak can cause damage to floors, damage furniture, and completely ruin walls. Not only are leaks a headache in and of themselves, but it’s equally frustrating to find the place where the leak is actually occurring. Even though you see the water coming down in a certain spot, the actual leak may be happening 8-10 feet away from the place where the water is coming from. A common place where leaks occur is in valleys, chimneys, plumbing vents, and either head wall flashings or wall step flashings. Be sure and ask the owner if they have ever experienced any roof leaks. You may even want to take a look at the valleys and chimneys and any roof seams connecting additions, as those are the most common occurring places for leaks to appear. If leaks are present, consider contacting a professional roofing contractor to come and further inspect the roof.

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