Roofing Issues to Look Out for When Buying a House

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Buying a house is a considerable investment and, for many, the fulfillment of a long-desired dream. But, as they say, having your own home and space for yourself and your family is priceless. Because of that, before you buy your dream home, you must check roofing conditions since the roof is an essential part of your house.

As we are aware of this importance and that buyers often do not pay attention to the roof yet other house elements, we decided to share tips related to checking the roof before buying. We have listed them in the following lines, so read them carefully and use them before purchasing a new home.

Roof’s Age and Overall Condition

You first need to know how old your future home’s roof is. That is essential. If it is older than 20 years, you are probably dealing with a roof that will need a replacement, and we mean pretty soon. Also, if the roof’s overall condition is poor, if it is all worn and torn, and visibly old, consider it a clear sign that you will have a significant financial expense soon, so be careful with a buying decision.

Shingles issues

If there are a lot of missing, cracked, and damaged shingles on the roof of your desired home, start looking for another one or be prepared to contact a roofing contractor that will deal with it properly.

Broken and damaged shingles can lead to severe roofing damage, leaking issues, and significant financial expenses, so pay special attention to this when you check the roof of your future home.

Leakage issues

Also, one more important piece of advice to all soon-to-be homeowners is to examine the roof for all potential leaks. We don’t even need to emphasize how important this is. Leakage issues not only put your home at risk, but they also damage the furniture and the paint on the walls and affect the health of the residents since they are sources of moisture as well.

Also, since the leak is not always where the stain has appeared, it is very frustrating to find the source of the leak, and often this problem can only be solved by a complete roof replacement.

Attic issues

Another important pre-buying checkup is an inspection of the attic. While inspecting it, you need to look for any signs of leaks around skylights and chimneys. Also, examine the elements under the roof, especially the ventilation system, insulation, and overall structure.

Even though it seems challenging and demanding, you’ll save yourself from the enormous expenses down the road.

Rain Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts are essential to the roof’s rain drainage system. That’s why checking them is also part of the roof inspection before buying a new house. If you notice that they are damaged or clogged, you must deal with them before signing the purchase contract.

Gutters must be clear and without any sign of wear so they can adequately do their function and protect your home from leakage and moisture issues.

Schedule a FREE Roof Audit by Chappelle Roofing

If you find these tips too demanding and think you are not up to the roof inspection, feel free to contact Chappelle Roofing, the leading Palmetto roofing contractor. We will arrive at the scene and make a FREE roof audit of your future home. During the audit, we will point out potential issues and how easily you can fix them, with or without our help.

Therefore, if you are in the process of buying a new house and you need to check the roof, do not hesitate, yet contact us today.