Buyers often leave no stone unturned when examining a house they’re considering to buy. However, many roofing contractors actually notice that for all the attention to detail they put on every other aspect of the interiors and exteriors, people will often pass over the roofing system. Some may even ask a question or two about it, but most tend to skip over the roof during their first few visits.
The roof is perhaps one of the most expensive parts of a home’s exterior and it deserves just as much assessment as any other part of a home. One of the reasons behind why this is so is because not many buyers actually know what to look for in a roof. Our experts at 4U Roofing recommend giving the following details a little bit of attention next time you inspect a prospective home.
Vents and Insulation
Even when sellers have recently hired roofers to upgrade the roof with newer and better materials, none of it will make much difference if the roof is not well ventilated. Walk around the exteriors and see if the roof has soffit and ridge vents. Vents allow warm humid air from indoors a way to exit the roof, which is essential in keeping the roofing structure protected against moisture damage.
Ask Details About the Roof
Don’t hesitate to forward questions about the roof to the seller. Questions like how long since they last replaced their shingles or how many storms the roof has survived are all relevant. Even if they don’t know the answer to the question, they can direct you to their roofing contractor who may give you more information.
Gutters and Downspouts
Corroded gutters or loose downspouts are usually a sign that the house is in dire need of roof repair. As you go around the property, keep an eye out for the gutter system. If your visit happens to be on a rainy day, it may even be better as you will see how its performance under such conditions.
At 4U Roofing, we can help you examine the roof of the home you’re thinking about buying. Give us a call at (251) 235-2222 or fill out our contact form to schedule an inspection visit or request a free estimate on roof replacements today.