There are many considerations you have to keep in mind before you purchase a home. For one, you want to make sure that its roofing system is structurally sound and in good condition. It is, after all, one of the home’s most expensive features, so you should give it a thorough inspection. In this blog, local roof repair contractor Home Pro Exteriors, Inc. shares the things to look for in a roof when buying a residential property.
The Roof’s Age
Ask the previous homeowner about the roof’s age, particularly the number of years it has left before it needs to be replaced. If that’s not possible, give it a quick look from a distance and take note of any inconsistencies. Check the roof surface if it is free of mold or any organic growth. See if it’s perfectly flat and there are no curled edges or bulges anywhere. Some signs of wear and tear don’t always indicate an old roof, however, which is why it is better to have it inspected by a local contractor.
The Roof’s Ventilation System
Your roof may be in top shape when seen from the outside, but if it doesn’t have adequate ventilation, you may face numerous problems down the road. Not having enough intake and exhaust vents means the roof of the home you’re planning to buy won’t help keep your indoors comfortable in the summer and prevent moisture from accumulating inside the attic during winter. Before you know it, you’re bound to tackle roof replacement early in its lifespan.
The Roof’s Gutters
Don’t forget the roof’s gutters when giving a prospective home a quick look. If there’s debris sitting in the gutters, it is a sign that water may be backing up and finding its way on your roof. Make sure the contractor you hire for the inspection also checks the gutters’ integrity. If they’re still in good condition, you may consider installing a gutter guard to keep debris out and ensure the flow of rainwater away from the property.
Home Pro Exteriors, Inc. is the leading roofer and deck builder in the local area. To learn more about our home exterior services, give us a call at (845) 343-1777 or fill out our contact form for a free professional consultation. We serve homeowners in Warwick, NY, and the surrounding communities.