If you found a great deal on a quaint older house and you’re interested in moving forward, one item that you might not want to compromise on is the roofing system. Compromising on a few things with your new home can help you get a great deal but an older roof could be signs of other concerns with a home.
A well-maintained roof can last 30 years or more but when a roof has been installed poorly or left with repair issues for years, this can lead to systems across the entire home starting to degrade.
A good rule of thumb when looking at any home is to ask the seller how old the roof is; take a look at the gutters and make sure that the drainage system is in good working order. If you notice the signs of dry rot or there are problems with missing shinglings, this could be a sign that there is a leak in the roof or problems with structural damage throughout the home.
Some of the best ways that you can make an informed decision on a roof is to hire a home inspector to do a complete inspection of the roof. Asking the homeowner for documentation on the last time the roof was repaired can also be helpful in gauging how long it’s been since the roof has received maintenance. Inspecting the attic space for yourself can help gauge the total amount of damage that has occurred. Getting a second opinion from a professional roofing company and a full roofing inspection is wise if you’ve noticed damage on a home that you might put an offer in on.
Hiring a roofing contractor to provide a roofing inspection on a prospective home can give you a true estimate of what the repairs would cost and if your roof is in good condition. Weighing your options and knowing the roofs condition before you buy a home could help to prevent thousands of dollars in repairs and avoid issues of structural damage that could be hidden below the roof.
Get peace of mind now and hire a roofing contractor for full inspection before you put an offer in on a house with an older roof.
This post was written by Reggie Reed! Reggie is a state-certified roofing contractor and co-owner of Reggie Reed Roofing, the best Clearwater roofing company. He is a 4th generation roofing contractor. RR Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing services for residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches and more. Reggie enjoys dedicating his spare time to helping underprivileged youth in his community and traveling with his family and friends.