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What to Look for in a Roof When You’re Buying a New Home

So you’re in the market to buy a new home?  Congratulations!  But what do you need to look for in a roof when you’re buying a new home?

This is an exciting time in your life.  You’re making a change and moving into a new house!

You’re probably paying close attention to the obvious things, such as the landscaping, the surrounding neighborhood, the attractiveness of the house itself.   Can’t you just imagine yourself living here?

But as you know, there’s lots of other things to consider when buying a new home.  Unfortunately,  some things aren’t as exciting to think about as the color of your new bathroom or the size of the new kitchen.

Take the roof, for example.

buying a new homeThe roof is one of the most important things to think about when buying a new house because the roof covers and protects the entire dwelling.  Your home is one of your most expensive investments and you need to make sure it’s protected from the elements.

What do you need to look for in a roof before you make that final offer on the house?

First, the obvious.  Look for signs of roof distress such as missing or loose shingles.  Exposed wood is likely to suffer water damage when it rains.  Also check to see if the roof is nice and flat.  Are there any curled up shingles?  Any bulges in the roof?  Stand in the attic.  Can you see daylight through any worn-out shingles?

The house should have an appropriate ventilation system to allow air and sunlight through the roof, otherwise mold could begin to grow.

Water stains inside the home are a good indication that there is a roof leak somewhere.  Look for fresh paint on the ceiling, as sometimes an unscrupulous homeowner may try to cover up the water damage by painting over it.

Ask the current homeowner how old the roof is.  An aging roof is more prone to roof leaks.  The older the roof is, the more likely you will have to spend money on roof repairs or replacing the entire roof in the near future.

Gutters blocked with leaves or debris should be cleaned out.  Gutter blockage can cause water to back up and seep into the roofing system because the water can’t flow out the way it’s supposed to, down the drainage pipe.

So what comes next?

After inspection, if you determine that your new home is going to need the roof repaired or replaced give https://www.bryantroofing.com a call at 770-267-8600 to schedule an estimate.

Bryant Roofing and Repairs specializes in roof repair and replacement.  Licensed, insured, with over 30 years of quality service in the Gwinnett, Walton, Barrow and NE Atlanta areas.

When Quality Counts, Call Bryant Roofing and Repairs!

 

By: Sandra.Bryant
In: Roof Inspection
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