A professional roof inspection is a must before buying a house. Replacing or repairing a roof can be a costly proposition, and if the roof has any issues, you need to know.
A roof inspection may be included as part of your general home inspection, but a professional roofing contractor can perform a much more thorough examination. The answers to these five questions will help you get a clear picture of the roof’s condition.
No. 1: How Old Is the Roof?
The National Roofing Contractors Association says that most roofing systems remain structurally sound for about 20 years. That’s just an average, however, and some roofing materials last much longer. But 20 years is a good figure to keep in mind. Any roof older than that may be nearing the end of its lifecycle, especially if it has been poorly maintained.
No. 2: What Roofing Materials Were Used?
Many Utah homes have asphalt shingle roofs, and the material is usually among the least expensive to repair. Slate and tile roofs are growing in popularity — and are most common on newer northern Utah homes — but repairs can be costlier for these materials.
A professional roofing contractor can tell you which roofing materials were used and explain what to expect in terms of future repair costs.
No. 3: Is the Roof Damaged?
A home inspector will typically look for roof damage from the ground and inside the attic, but that may not be enough to reveal less glaring problems with the roofing.
With a professional roof inspection, you will know whether the structure shows any evidence of cracks, holes, animal infiltration, water intrusion or other damage. If the roof has significant damage, it may have spread to encompass structural aspects of the roof’s support system.
No. 4: Does the Roof Have Adequate Ventilation?
Without proper ventilation, high temperatures can cause a rooftop to overheat. As a result, the shingles can become brittle and less resilient — strong winds or heavy rain can easily knock them loose. A professional inspection includes a check to make sure the ventilation is adequate for the size of the roof.
No. 5: How Soon Will the Roof Need to Be Replaced?
Even roofs that are relatively new can have structural problems or other issues that lead to the need for an early replacement. A professional roof inspection can let you know how soon the house might need a new roof. The estimate won’t be a guarantee of when you will have to invest in a replacement, but it can give you a better idea of the timeline you can expect.
That way, if you elect to move forward with the purchase, you can save up and plan based on the information provided by your professional roofing inspection.
Without an inspection, your dream home could turn out to be a money pit. Before you invest in a new home, let the expert team at Knockout Roofing give you the full picture of the roof’s condition. Contact our Salt Lake City office to schedule your roof inspection today.