When you are looking to buy a new home, you want to be aware of what kind of condition that home’s critical components are in. One of the most critical components of any home is the roofing system. In this blog, we want to help inform homeowners about what to look for in a roof when they are shopping for homes.
Although we don’t recommend prospective homeowners undertake roofing inspections themselves (leave that to the professionals!) we do advocate for gaining the knowledge that can help you make informed decisions during the home buying process. Read on to learn about some of the key things to look for.
How old is the roof?
Find out when the existing roof was installed. A typical asphalt or composite shingle roof in our climate can be expected to last about 20 years. Any longer than that and you can expect problems to begin developing soon, if they haven’t already.
Look for these details.
If you want to get a sense of whether or not the roof may be near the end of its lifespan, look for some of these details. Does the roof look perfectly flat? Often, older roofs that are beginning to develop issues will develop bumps or bulges in certain spots. Examine the shingles. If there is visible mold, that is a big red flag. If there is curling, granule loss, or even missing shingles, those are big warning signs as well.
Roof health is tied to ventilation.
A brand new roof is one thing, but if that roof system isn’t properly ventilated, its overall health is going to suffer and its lifespan will be shorter. Proper ventilation makes it easy for air to circulate through the attic and prevents the buildup of mold, not to mention keeping your utility bills down. If you would like to learn more about why roof ventilation is so important, click here to read our blog on the topic.
Is the gutter system effective?
Gutters carry water away from your home and protect the foundation as well as the interior and the roof. Though replacing a gutter system isn’t as expensive or time-consuming as roof replacement, having gutters that work properly is essential to the long-term health of a home. Look to see that the gutters are securely affixed to the roof’s edge all the way around the home and that downspouts carry water away from the foundation rather than dumping it straight down.
We hope this information is helpful when it comes time for you to shop for a new home. While these are all aspects that you can view from the ground or inquire about from the homeowner, we highly recommend you get an experienced and skilled roofing professional to inspect the roof on your behalf. At Royalty Roofing, we are happy to provide free estimates and inspections for any of our services. To learn more, click here to get in touch today.