What to Look for in a Roof When Buying a Home

If you’re contemplating buying a new home, you want to make sure that the roof on the house is sturdy. As the roof is one of the most expensive features of a home, you’ll want to make sure to give it a thorough inspection.

Let’s take a look at some of the more important factors to look for in a roof when you’re looking to buy a home.

Find Out How Old the Rooftop Is

The very first thing you should do when buying a new home is to check the roof. To do this, stand back from the roof and investigate a number of things.

  • One of the most important things to look for on a roof is to check it’s mold-free.
  • Check the roof is perfectly flat and there are no bulges or curly edges.
  • Look for worn spots and any missing shingles. If you see such deformities in the roof then it symbolizes that the roof is quite old.

Important to note; there is nothing wrong with an older roof. However, you need to make sure it hasn’t been affected in any way.

To do: ask the homeowner about the lifespan of the roof. Roofs are usually made from materials like metal, composite, tin, rubber or shingles. A roof made from composite shingles will help the roof last for more time without any difficulties, while other more common materials may require inspection and possible maintenance on a yearly basis.

Good Ventilation System

If the house you’re thinking about buying has a shiny new rooftop on it but doesn’t have a proper ventilation mechanism, then you may face tremendous issues.

A ventilation system that lets sunlight and air come in easily is a must. These two things should not be overlooked when purchasing a house. Poor ventilation systems can cause a variety of problems. Including helping in the formation of mold.

Mold on the Roof

Mold is a fungus that comes in a few different colors – black, green, dark, white, and shapes. While a few molds are more noticeable, some are hidden and can’t be easily seen. It can form under floors and roofs, between walls, or in less visible spots. Mold does well in water-drenched materials such as roofs having water pipes and gutter systems around the house.

Molds can contaminate the walls of the house. The main reasons for mold developing are a poor ventilation system and water leakage. And it happens a lot more in a hotter climate, like Texas. One fundamental reason behind a moldy rooftop is a direct result of water intrusion from the roof. When people see the mold, they get it fixed but overlook the source that made it happen in the first place.

Mold on the rooftop is not good for any home. It doesn’t only affect the look but also causes a bad odor that can make it difficult to live. In addition to this, there are also health risks.

Canals and Seepage System

Make sure to investigate drainage pipes that run along the roof. We do advise that you let experts do that, as it can be dangerous.

A seepage system involves gutters, downspouts, and drainage pipes. While checking the gutters, be sure to look for asphalt shingle grains thoroughly, because the small grains that coats shingles are responsible for shielding the shingles from destructive sun beams.

Check the Rooftop Downspouts

Do a quick check to ensure all rooftop downpipes are releasing into storm water wells and not directly onto the ground. You should also search for any possibilities of past flooding or excessive water flowing around the rooftop downspouts. This can indicate that the soak wells are not the appropriate sizes or require a cleaning process, which can be expensive.

It is important to be careful when buying a new house. You should ideally hire a professional to inspect the home and give you a report. If you have any questions and would like to talk to a professional roofer, please get in contact. We’ll be more than happy to help.