The housing market can be a stressful thing to deal with. It’s important to make sure that the houses you’re looking at don’t have any major problems you’ll be dealing with. An excellent thing to check is the roof. Roofing can be very expensive to replace, so being aware of any roofing problems is an excellent idea. However, some people may not be aware of the roofing problems to look for in a new home. Luckily, Hennessey Roofing has the information you need to ensure the roof on a perspective house is in good shape.
Should I Worry About an Old Roof?
An old roof doesn’t always guarantee the need for a replacement. If a roof is older, but still in good condition it can easily be used for years to come. Unfortunately, if the roof is on the verge of needing replacement, or has any need or repair, that will most likely fall to you. Ask when the roof was last replaced. That information, along with roofing material and local weather, should give you a decent idea of when the roof will need replacing.
Roofing Problems to Look for in a New Home
There are many problems a roof can have, and it may be difficult to look for all of them without professional help. However, these three problems are easier to notice and can be serious issues. Keep a lookout for any leaks, shingle damage, or roof sagging.
Water damage can do serious damage to roofing. A full-blown leak in the roof, while annoying, is a serious issue. Water is leaking through the roof and damaging key components as it funnels down. A leak can easily go from a small drip to a stream of water. If left unchecked, a leaky roof can even take enough structural damage to collapse! Take a look around the roof and in the attic for any signs of moisture or water damage, as they can point to a leak.
Take a look at the roof from outside the house. It may be missing shingles or broken bits of shingles. Even shingle granules around the ground near the roof can be an indicator of shingle damage. Shingles are the armor for your roof, so taking damage is serious. It can lead to the more delicate internals of your roof taking damage from weather. Often, shingle damage can simply be repaired, and you can sometimes negotiate part of that repair cost in your offer.
If you see that the roof is sagging, the house may be in big trouble. A sagging roof not only will need a replacement but is also a sign of an issue with the house’s load-bearing walls! The house may also need repairs in its foundation itself! If you see a house on the market with a sagging roof, it may be a good idea to avoid it.
If you’re looking for a new home, keep an eye out for roofing leaks, damaged shingles, and the roof itself sagging. If you need help inspecting the roof of a home, contact us! We believe that Colorado Springs roofing contractors should offer a professional and stress-free service. Hennessey Roofing is an expert at inspecting and installing roofing and will start right away. We have intimate knowledge of all the permits required for roofing projects. Call us today to schedule your free estimate or fill out our contact form and we’ll be in contact shortly!