Check roof when buying home is probably the best and soundest advice we can give you. If you’re looking to buy a new home, it’s a good idea to check the state of the roof. Not only is the roof essential for keeping the elements out, it’s also a significant chunk of the overall value of the home. If the roof isn’t up to scratch, you could end up with a liability on your hands.

Are you planning on buying a new home? Here’s what to look for in the roof.

  • 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 we don’t expect you to do this on your own. You’ll need a professional and experienced roofing company like us to do this for you. Check roof when buy home image shows woman standing on an aging roof. She's facing away, hands on hips, wearing long sleeve purple hoodie.

    Ask yourself the following:

    • Has the owner removed any loose debris from the roof or is debris visible?
    • Has the current owner removed mold and moss?
    • Are the soffits, fascia and gutters in good condition?
    • Are the downspouts in good condition?
    • Are there cracks or crumbling bricks around the chimney?
    • Has the owner maintained their skylights and vent openings? See below for ventilation.
  • 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. Condensation in the attic can lead 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.

    Most modern homes come with proper ventilation. Often the ventilation comes in the form of a gap between the overhanging tiles and the guttering. The gap is small. Since it follows the tiles all the way around, it’s sufficient to provide an adequate exchange of air. Consequently, this will equalize humidity and temperature levels.

  • How Long Before The New Home Will Need A Replacement Roof? 

    If you’ve bought a “new build” – that is a home that a developer just built, then the roof should last a long time. Most reputable developers offer a warranty on new builds. If there’s a problem with the roof, you probably won’t have to foot the costs of repair.

    The roof on a modern home should last half a century or more if maintained correctly. However, if you’re buying an older house which hasn’t had its roof replaced in many years, you’ll need to factor that into your buying decision. An older roof will require replacing sooner.

  • How Often a Roof Needs Replaced Depends on the Type of Material.

    Composition shingles need replacing every 12 to 20 years. Wood shingle lasts about 25 years. Some tile and metal roofs can last more than 70 years. You’ll want to deduct the time since the last replacement to estimate how long before you’ll need to fork out for a replacement.

Let’s Wrap Up Check Roof When Buying Home

We hope this article has been helpful in what to look for when having the roof inspected before buying a new home. We’ve been in the roofing business since 1996. Instead of relying on a general “home buying” inspector, get in touch with us for a specialized and professional roof inspection. Give us a call at 877-644-6030, email us at or submit our contact form.