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Owning a property is a good thing, but buying a house is not easy. No house is perfect, but you would want to purchase a house that has a sturdy roof. A damaged roof could cost you a fortune to repair, not forgetting that you almost broke a bank to buy that property. You might need to find a home inspector to check the house you are interested in. Here are a few roof inspection tips to know before buying a house.
- Inquire About the Age of the Roof
The first thing you should check before buying that home is checking the roof. View the roof from a distance to note any worn out parts, whether there are some missing shingles. If you find any, that will be a clear indication that the roof has been there for life.
Well, there is nothing wrong with the roof being of age, but it shouldn’t be affected in any way. Ask the seller or the owner about the lifespan of that roof. Hopefully, they will give you the right answers. A roof that’s made from composite shingles have a longer life while other materials like metal, tin, rubber, or cedar require inspection and maintenance each year.
2. Check For Missing Gutters
Gutters are very important for every home. Rainwater can cause damage, and it’s the role of the gutters to ensure that the water is disposed off effectively or saved.
Gutters help the rainwater roll off the top of the roof to the ground without seeping into the roof, on the sidings of the house, or getting into the cracks and causing more damage. Make sure they are well maintained. It’s a big mistake to think that gutters do nothing for a home.
3. Ensure There is a Good Ventilation System
The house you are buying might have a shining roof that looks like it was installed yesterday, but without a good ventilation system, it will be a total waste in the long run. Without the system, it’s more likely you will face a couple of issues later on.
Proper ventilation should allow sunlight and air to come easily. Poor ventilation can lead to several issues including the formation of molds. You can hire a home inspector to check if the system is clear or you can become a home inspector yourself.
4. Is the Grit Colored?
If you find colored grits in the gutters, you should be worried. The black or grey things are most likely from the shingles. The granules play a significant role in protecting the roof from sunlight.
Without the granules, the sunlight could damage the inside of the home. The older the roof, the less quality the shingles are, which means you will find granules in the gutter.
5. Check For Breaks and Leaks
What is the role of a roof? It’s to protect the inside of your house, your items and furniture from getting damaged by mother nature. So, you need to ensure there are no leaks which can damage the floors or structure.
Leaking destroys the wall paint and once leaking starts, it becomes difficult to find the source which can be really frustrating. It most likely happens in chimneys, valleys, or plumbing vents. Inspect the chimneys and the rooftop to see if you can find any.
6. Ensure There’s no Moss
Moss buildup on top of the roof shows that the roof is decaying and you will not know unless you grab a ladder and climb to the top of the roof. Try to push the moss off and check the condition of that location.
The roofing underneath the moss can be rotting without anybody noticing. Be careful with that.
You might not be a roofing expert, but you are going to buy a home, and you have to inspect the house. The tips above will help you ensure the roof is in good condition. Get what’s worth your money.