What to Look for in a Roof When Buying a Home

What to Look for in a Roof When Buying a Home

When buying a new home, you want to make sure that the roof on the house is in good shape. The roof is one of the most expensive items to replace on a home, so you should make sure to have a good inspection.

Here’s a look at some of the most important factors to look for in a roof, whether you’re looking to buy a home or sell your current one.

Find out the exact age of the roof

The first thing you should do when buying a new home is to check its roof. You can stand at a distance and investigate a number of things.

One of the most important things to look for in a roof is to check if it’s mold-free. Make sure the roof is perfectly flat and there are no curly edges or bulges.

You also need to look out for worn out spots and see if any shingles are missing. If you see any deformities in the roof then it indicates that the roof is old and nearing the end of its life. There is nothing wrong with a roof being old, however you need to make sure it hasn’t been affected in negatively in any way from storms or other issues.

You need to ask the homeowner about the lifespan of the roof. Roofs are commonly made from materials like composite, metal, tin, rubber or cedar shingles. A roof made from composite shingles helps the roof last for a longer time without any difficulties, while other common materials may require inspection and possible maintenance on an annual basis.

Good Ventilation System

Even if the house you’re thinking about buying has a shiny new rooftop on it, if it doesn’t have an appropriate ventilation mechanism then you can face enormous issues.

A ventilation system that lets sunlight and air come in easily are a must. These two things should never be neglected when purchasing a home.

A poor ventilation system can cause a number of problems, and it can increase the cost of your roof by causing more problems, such as the formation of mold.

Canals and Seepage System

You need to investigate drainage pipes that run along the roof. Getting up on the roof and inspecting the seepage system is a great way to judge a roof’s condition. However, it is recommended that you let experts do that. A seepage system involves downspouts, gutters and drainage pipes. While checking the gutters, look for asphalt shingle grains thoroughly because the small grains that coats shingles are responsible for shielding the shingles from destructive sun beams.

Look for Breaks and Leaks

Roof leaks play a major role in damaging the floors and structure of a home. They are a major headache and can cause undue stress to the homeowner.

A leaking roof  harms your furniture, will destroy any electronic equipment, and can totally destroy the paint as well as the walls. Once the leak begins, it is extremely difficult to pinpoint the source of the leak, which is very frustrating. The leak is not always where it seems.

Leakage frequently happens in valleys, plumbing vents, chimneys, or also during a heavy downpour. You will need professionals to find a leak and repair it for you.

So make sure to inspect the rooftop for leak points before you buy it. You may even need to investigate the valleys and smoke chimneys. Even rooftop creases have leaks. Be sure to check out all these places as well to ensure your home’s roof is in a solid state.

Mold on the Roof

Mold is a fungus that comes in different colors – dark, white, green or black – and shapes. While some molds are noticeable as they are severe and rotten, some are hidden and are more difficult to see.

Mold can form between walls, under floors and on roofs. Mold does best in water-drenched materials such as roofs, which have water pipes and gutter systems all around the house. Mold can contaminate the walls and the paint of the house. The main reasons for mold developing is poor ventilation system and water leakage, and it happens more in hotter climate like Georgia.

One of the biggest reasons causing a moldy rooftop is a direct result of water intrusion from the roof. People see the mold, get it fixed and overlook the source that made it happen. Mold returns back on the same spot if the source of leak isn’t fixed. The water puddles and spreads in the house and the drywall starts to absorb it. The water can also gather inside the walls, which bring forth various issues later on and causes more destruction.

Mold on the rooftop is horrible for your home. It doesn’t only affect the look but also causes bad odor that can make it difficult to live. In addition to this, there are many health risks as well.

Smaller gaps, particularly in rooftops, require investigation for leaks and mold. Many home experts use an infrared camera to do the job. Look for professionals if you fear mold so that you can get rid of it before you move to your new house.

Check the Rooftop Downspouts

Do a speedy check to ensure all rooftop downpipes are releasing into storm water wells and not right onto the ground. You should search for any possibilities of past flooding or excessive water flowing around the rooftop downspouts because this can mean that the soak wells are not the appropriate sizes or require a cleaning process, which can be very expensive.

It is vital to be careful when buying a home. You should ideally hire a professional to inspect the home and the roof to give you a report. In addition to this, repairs should be completed before you move to your new house to avoid problems.

Need help evaluating your home for leaks or other Roofing Issues then contact Perimeter Roofing today.