Is The Roof In Good Condition?
When you’re shopping for a new home, the condition of the house’s interior may be your primary concern. Although the interior receives the most attention, you should also carefully inspect the exterior for wear and damage. After examining the foundation, doors, windows, and paneling, you can check the roof to ensure your investment is sound. Here are some suggestions on what to look for when you’re assessing the roof.
Inspecting the Roof’s Ventilation System
A problem with the home’s ventilation system can lead to significant damage to the framing, tiles, and flashing on the roof. Organic material such as branches and leaves can clog the vents and lead to excessive condensation, ice dams, tile damage, and soggy insulation. Check the roof’s vents to ensure they’re free of debris and look for signs of mold or moisture build-up.
Examining the Roofing Materials
The type of materials used can make a substantial difference in the roof’s longevity. Asphalt shingles are more vulnerable to damage than a metal roof; however, a metal roof is more difficult to repair. Asphalt roll roofs are inexpensive to install, but they’re less durable than other materials and require frequent maintenance. Before purchasing a house, ask the real estate agent for the date of the original roof installation. Depending on the materials, roofs can last for 15 to 30 years.
Checking for Damage
A poorly maintained roof can cause leaking, insect infestations, and wood damage. Look for missing or broken shingles and water damage during your inspection. A small hole in the roof can lead to a costly problem if it’s not repaired promptly. Water damage is a common problem on aging roofs, but you can look at the ceilings of the interior rooms for discolored drywall or plaster. Talk to your realtor about essential roof repairs before making a final offer.
Trust the Professionals
For roofing installations and repairs, you can rely on Badger Contracting. Contact us today for an estimate.