Why You Should Look At The Roof When Buying A New House

Jun 15, 2021Blog, Roofing

When buying a new home, there are many things to consider before moving into your dream home. Things such as the location of the house, the size, and the style of the property that you’re looking for are important when considering which one best suits you.

The roofing system of a new home is often not the first thing that home buyers look out for, but in our experience, it should be. A home’s roofing system is essential for its functionality and durability. When there are issues with your roof, it can make living conditions unbearable.

 

If you’re looking for a new home, be sure to keep an eye out for these roofing elements.

 

The Age Of The Roof

When buying a house, it’s essential to know the roof’s age. Most roofing systems last about 20 to 50 years, and you don’t want to buy a home that’s nearing the end of its lifespan because you’ve already paid so much to purchase the house, and now you would have to replace the roof as well.

Aged roofs offer homeowners limited protection from the elements. Chances are an advanced-aged roof has a few nicks and dents, maybe even a few leaky areas here and there. It’s also essential to consider the roofing material as well—some age better than others.

 

Missing or Broken Shingles

Suppose you notice that a potential home has broken or missing shingles; you should consider this as a red flag. Ensure that you inspect the attic space to determine if these shingles have created a greater roofing problem. Broken and missing shingles are relatively easy and affordable to repair and replace, but this should be considered when you make your final offer.

 

Roof Ventilation

Poor ventilation means that the house’s air circulation is irregular and can cause an uncomfortable living environment. That’s why it’s essential to determine the state of a potential home’s ventilation system before you decide whether or not this place will be your long-term home.

Inadequate ventilation can lead to an increase in moisture in your home, cold spots, and mold growth. The new home needs to get enough sunlight and airflow to have a regulated ventilation system.

 

Drainage System

Ensure that the potential home has a functioning drainage system and make sure it doesn’t have any backflow or other forms of excess moisture.

You don’t want water draining anywhere near entranceways, across pathways, or any space you would like to keep dry. Also, check that the gutter system has no leaks, broken pipes, or blocked by debris.

 

For more information on residential roofing and what to look out for, give Rainout Roofing a call today.

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