Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, so it’s important that the roof is in good shape—it’s also one of the more expensive home repairs. Here are things you should check on the roof before buying a home.
The homeowner or agent should be able to tell you the age of the roof. Roofs in the Houston area generally last 10-20 years, so if the roof isn’t newer than this, you’ll want to consider that in your negotiations.
Look for overall roof condition, including the condition of the shingles. Multiple broken or curled shingles could indicate underlying damage as well. Check the condition of the fascia and rain gutters as well because damage to these components could indicate additional water damage.
The number and types of vents in the roof as well as the condition of insulation in the attic can help you determine how well the roof is ventilated. It’s a good idea to have a roofing company check the ventilation before you buy to make sure it’s adequate.
Finally, check in the attic for evidence of leaks like stains and condensation. Additionally, if you see evidence in the home of leaks—like streaks or stains on the walls or ceilings—you most likely have a roof leak and repairs or roof replacement should be considered before you buy.
CM Roofing Pros can help with roof inspections, repairs, and replacement so contact us today.