Buying a home can be both exciting and worrisome. On the one hand, you’re conjuring up thoughts on what design aesthetic to implement in your new living space. On the other hand, you might have apprehensions about the potential problems a residential property could be hiding. As such, you’d want to check if the home’s important components are in good working order, particularly the roof. Here is a list of the essential questions to ask.
When Was the Last Time the Roof Was Inspected or Maintained?
Scheduled inspections and maintenance are the first critical steps to ensure the roof’s longevity and performance. Reputable roofing contractors recommend having it checked every two years or after a severe weather event like a snowstorm, hailstorm or hurricane. Confirm with the previous owner of the property the last time the roof was inspected and maintained. Alternatively, you can check public records of permits and planning.
How Old Is the Roof?
Knowing the exact age of the roofing system helps you set your expectations on the type of issues you need to keep an eye out for. A roof that is still less than a decade old is still far off from being replaced, but that will depend on the type of roofing material. If, for example, the asphalt shingle roof is showing signs of extensive damage like curling, buckling or “balding,” it is nearing the end of its 20-year average lifespan. If you are looking to purchase a home with a roof in such a state, you have to start planning with local roofers on finding the right replacement roofing material.
Has It Been Repaired Recently?
Make sure to ask the seller about the last time roof repairs were done. You can be more specific with your questions, tackling whether leaks were patched correctly or gutters are working as they should. Knowing these details helps you get a better understanding of the required level of maintenance your roof needs.
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