Sturdy roofs protect properties against normal to extreme weather conditions. Unfortunately, their protective qualities deteriorate as they age — which is the main reason we advise homebuyers to inspect the roof and ensure it has no leaks, roof damage or structural issues.
Here are four roof-related questions you should ask before finalizing your real estate purchase.
1. What Is the Roofing Material?
Find out if the roofing material is suitable for the local climate. This would give you a general idea of what to expect from the roof in terms of performance during different weather conditions. It would also help you determine the best way to maintain the roofing. Some roofing materials require more frequent or a higher level of maintenance, while others are OK with minimal upkeep. Maintenance costs are long-term expenses, so this might be an important consideration for you. If the property owner can’t provide details about the roofing material, you can have your trusted roofer inspect it.
2. How Old Is the Roof?
Older roofs are no longer as stable, sturdy and effective as they were when they were first installed, so expect some issues with the roofing system if it has been up for several years. Old roofs have been exposed to UV rays, high winds and other elements over a long period, increasing the possibility of hidden damage. That’s why you should ask the seller about the roof’s age and assess its condition based on its estimated life span and performance.
3. When Was the Last Roof Inspection?
If the roof was inspected and maintained regularly, there’s a good chance that it is in excellent condition. Roof inspections and maintenance enable a roofing company to detect and address issues, preventing them from causing extensive damage. Ideally, roof inspection and maintenance should be done annually or biannually, as well as after a storm. Ask the property owner about the latest roof inspection and maintenance to see if the roof has received proper care.
4. Does It Still Have a Warranty?
Roof replacement makes it easier for sellers to market their properties and increase resale value. If your prospective home has a new roof, make sure its warranty is transferable — meaning it will still be valid even if the owner changed.
WaynCo Roofing, LLC has been in the industry for decades, serving homes with the best residential roof repair, replacement, installation and maintenance services. You can now stop searching for “the best roofer near me” — simply call (704) 814-9566 or fill out this contact form to schedule a free consultation.