Are you considering purchasing a new home? Are you trying to decide whether or not a particular house is right for you? You’ve probably made sure that the size and placement of the bedrooms and kitchen is just right for your needs, but you may not have given much thought to the roof.
Here are some things you should consider when checking out a house:
How old is the roof?
Ask your real estate agent if they are able to find out when the roof was last replaced. An older roof will obviously need to be replaced much sooner than a newer roof. If the roof is metal or tile, you may simply need a small roof repair or two in order to get the roof back into top condition. However, if the roof is both old and is made of asphalt shingles, then you may need a replacement and not simply a repair.
Exactly what type of material is the roof?
Natural slate tiles may be beautiful to look at, but can create costly roof repair bills. If you decide that you want to switch to a less expensive roofing material, it may not be as simple as you hoped. Your county or city may require you to obtain a building permit in order to change from one roofing material to another.
Depending on where you live, this is a process that could add days or even weeks to your replacement time. Depending on the material, roof repair might be simpler and easier than replacing the whole roof.
Does the area get frequent high winds or hail?
Severe weather can significantly shorten the lifespan of a normal roof. High winds can tear shingles free or drive water up under the shingles and damage the roof bed itself. Hail stones can damage the roof surface, causing asphalt shingles to start to decay more quickly.
Small hailstones may not do anything to a metal roof, but large pieces of hail could severely damage the aesthetics of the roof. In addition, some of the dents may create gaps between the different parts of the metal roof, allowing moisture to seep in.
Unless you know for certain that the roof is only a year or two old, make sure to have a roofing professional inspect the roof before you place an offer. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not you’ll need to replace the roof or if you’ll need to perform any roof repairs to prevent damage to the house. To learn more, contact a company like Architectural Exterior Design with any questions you have.