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

Jul 8, 2021Blog, Roofing

Every day, people move into new homes. Whether this is their first home or they are looking to upgrade from the one they currently live in, there are many things that must be considered before moving out of your old place and into a new one. Such as the location, size, style & design preferences, the list goes on.

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 are in the market for a new home, you need to look out for some of these roofing elements.

 

The Age Of The Roof

Ever think about the roof while house hunting? It’s essential to know how old it is. Most roofing systems last between 20 and 50 years, so you don’t want one that’s near 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 and maybe even a few leaky spots. It’s also essential to consider the roofing material as well, as some materials age better than others.

 

Missing or Broken Shingles

If you see a potential property with missing shingles, inspect the attic space to determine if this is just an aesthetic problem or something that will end up costing more in repairs. Missing and broken shingles are relatively easy and affordable to fix but should be accounted for when deciding on your final offer.

 

Roof Ventilation

It’s essential to determine the state of a potential home’s ventilation system. Poor ventilation means that the house’s air circulation is irregular and can cause an uncomfortable living environment.

Make sure that your new home is properly ventilated to avoid moisture buildup, cold spots, and mold growth. Your house needs enough sunlight and airflow so that you have a regulated system for fresh airflow.

 

Drainage System

Ensure that the potential home has a functioning drainage system and that the excess water is drained appropriately and transported away from the house.

You don’t want water lingering near your entrances, pathways, or any spaces you’d like to keep dry. Don’t forget that a functioning gutter system has no leaks from broken pipes or blocked passageways.

 

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

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