Has It Been Cared For Properly?
The first thing to determine when buying a house is whether the current owner cared for the roof. Most owners will look after their roofs in an attempt to preserve the value of their homes.
Conversely, others don’t put too much effort in maintaining, repairing or replacing their roof. As a buyer, it’s your job to check whether the current owner has done basic roof maintenance tasks.
Of course if you don’t feel comfortable making these judgements on your own, the professionals at Ace Construction & Remodeling are here to help. They have experienced roof inspectors that know what to look for, even stuff that might be hiding!
Is Roof Ventilation Going To Be A Problem?
Roof ventilation is important. It helps to keep humidity levels down. A lack of ventilation can wreak havoc because it allows condensation to build up. Condensation, if frequent, can provide a water source for the growth of mold. This might be unknown to you but mold is something that can damage your health.
A poorly ventilated roof can lead to other problems. Excess condensation in the attic leads to soggy insulation which can reduce its effectiveness. Homes with damp insulation do not retain heat as well as they should. As a result, this will increase your energy bills. Replacing insulation is expensive and something you’ll want to avoid.
Knowing and understanding what is appropriate ventilation really is best left to the roof inspectors. But you can surely take a peak in the attic looking for signs of condensation and mold.
How Long Before The Home Will Need A Replacement Roof?
It may be difficult for you to determine the age of a roof. But where you can it will give you an idea of when you will have to foot the bill for a new roof. Of course, if it looks like it’s already lived it’s full life, then you might want to ask the seller to replace the roof prior to closing.
Roofing inspectors can’t tell you exactly what age the roof is, just by looking at it, but there are clues that give them an indication. You can also ask the seller for their paperwork on the roof. They may still have it and it would tell you the exact age of the roof. Keep in mind though that it doesn’t determine how many years are remaining. Roof inspectors can look at the age and how much it has worn in that time, as well as other factors to give you an idea of the remaining life of the roof.