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What House Shoppers Should Look for in a Home Roof

When shopping for a new home, the roof is one of the most important things to check. Before you make an offer do a new home roof inspection!New Home Roof Inspection

The roof is one of the most important parts of a home, but is often taken for granted and even neglected. When shopping for a new home, a bad roof should be a deal breaker. Here are some things to ask and look for when you’re considering a home purchase.

 

Ask about the age of the roof

 

When properly installed and maintained, a home roof can last as long as 20-30 years, depending on the material used. If the roof is nearing the end of its life, that could be a good reason to negotiate a lower price.

 

Look for obvious signs of damage

 

Walk around the outside of the house and look for things like warped, curling, or missing shingles. Don’t overlook details like chimneys, exhaust pipes, and areas where roof and walls meet. Check for dry rot, a possible indication of poor ventilation.

 

When viewing the interior of a house, look out for water stains on the walls or ceiling, which could indicate roof leaks and drainage issues. Take a look at attics and crawl spaces, too.

Check the gutters and other drainage

 

Gutters that are free of gunk and debris are a good sign that the roof has been well maintained and is in good condition. To be sure, though, look for indicators of poor drainage, including exterior water spots under the roof line, and signs of damage to the landscaping along the walls.

 

Perform your own inspection

 

If you’ve fallen in love with a particular house and are prepared to make an offer, follow the steps listed above to perform your own inspection. If the current owner has already had an inspection done, ask to look it over. Contact Turner Roofing to learn how we can help.

 

 

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