Buying a Home? Look for These Details in the Roof

Buying a home is a big undertaking, whether it’s your first or one of many, careful thought and consideration goes into many details in the process. One of the many details you should pay careful attention to when buying a home or even selling your current home is the life and health of the roof. After all, without a strong, healthy roof you may not keep a healthy home.

Step Back and Scan the Roof

The first step in assessing the health of a roof on a home you’re interested in buying or selling is to go out and step far enough back that you can get a good view of the roof but not too far that you might miss something, be sure to do this from all sides if possible. You’ll want to take notice of how the roof looks. Scan over the following issues:

  • Worn spots/bald spots
  • Missing shingles
  • Is the roof lying flat?
  • Curled shingles
  • Decaying shingles
  • Mold, mildew

You should also ask the home owner for copies of yearly inspections if the roof is made of materials other than asphalt. If you see any of these signs, you could be dealing with an older roof that could benefit from a thorough evaluation.

Assess Drainage and Gutters

Whether you ask the homeowner outright or go up and visually inspect is up to you, but our professional roofers always recommend someone look at the drainage system and ensure that everything is working properly with no damage or issues.

Assess the Home for Signs of Leaks

Roof leaks can start off as a simple matter but they can roll downhill fast and cause some serious headaches if they aren’t paid attention too. That’s why you should pay careful attention to signs that the roof could have leaks. Take extra care to inspect areas like plumbing vents, chimneys, wall step flashings, and valleys. These areas are prone to leaks but all areas should be given a once over.

Ensure Proper Ventilation

The ventilation system in your home must be working properly or you could wind up facing bigger problems down the road. Even if the house has a brand-new roof, you’ll want to enquire about the ventilation system. A ventilation system in proper working order makes all the difference for your home, lowering energy costs, keeping moisture to a minimum, and making sure the roof does not warp.

Titan Roofing in North Charleston has certified, professional roofers on hand to help you with any roofing concerns. If you’re interested in a roof evaluation for a home you might buy or sell, schedule an appointment with us today.