Homebuyers should always do their research before making an offer for a house. In addition to the basics (like its property value and history), you should examine its roofing system.
The roof is a house’s first line of defense against the elements. If it’s not in good condition, there’s a strong chance a house has underlying moisture damage. To help you assess a roofing system’s condition, the roofing and siding installers at Sanders Roofing & Exteriors, LLC, compiled some of the questions you should ask the real estate agent:
1. How Old Is the Roof?
Roofing materials have estimated lifespans. For instance, asphalt shingles (the most popular type of roofing material in the country) have an average lifespan of 20 to 22 years while slate roofs (which in some cases have outlasted the houses they’re installed on) have a lifespan of more than 100 years.
Keep an eye out for chipped, broken or missing shingles as well. These are usually signs of an aging (or poorly maintained) roof.
2. How Frequently Did It Undergo Maintenance?
Keep in mind several factors can affect a roof’s lifespan. One of them is the frequency of roofing maintenance. As a general rule, the roof should have been inspected by one of the local roof and siding replacement companies at least twice a year.
3. Does the Roof Have a Functioning Drainage System?
Check if the gutters have leaks or are clogged with leaves and other debris. Gutter systems help prevent leaks by diverting water from the roof and towards the drains. If they have holes or are filled with debris, it’s possible that water may have infiltrated the roofing system. For more tips on assessing the roofing systems of prospective homes, consult an experienced roofer.
Sanders Roofing & Exteriors, LLC, a family-owned company with over a decade of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including roofing and siding repair services. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (512) 590-0748 or fill out this form.