The home buying process is a big responsibility, and there are many things to consider. One of the most important factors is the roof, which will protect you from the elements for years. Before buying a home, take some time to inspect the condition of its roof and look out for any potential problems that could require costly repairs down the line.
At Walkers Roofing & Construction, we recommend inspecting the roof inside and out. Start by looking at it from the ground with binoculars or a digital camera to get a better view. Check for missing, cracked, or curled shingles and other signs of wear and tear. Here is a checklist of what you should look for:
Consider the age of the roof.
The age of the roof is a key factor in its condition. A good quality asphalt shingle roof can last for 20-30 years, depending on the climate and how well it was maintained. Look for signs of deterioration, such as missing or broken shingles, loose flashing, or rusty metal.
Check for damage from weather events.
Examine the roof carefully to see if there are any visible signs of damage caused by storms or other extreme weather conditions like hail or high winds. Check that all shingles are intact and that there are no gaps between them. If you are unsure what to look for, consider hiring our team for professional roof inspection in Mentor, OH. We can spot potential problems before they become costly repairs down the line.
Consider roof ventilation.
Inadequate ventilation in the attic can cause excess humidity, which results in the formation of mold, mildew and other unwanted organic growth. Check for vents around the eaves of your roof that allow air to circulate through the attic so moisture does not build up. If no vents are present, then you may need to have a few installed by our professionals.
Look for signs of water damage.
To check for water damage, look for discoloration or wet spots on ceilings and walls near skylights or chimneys. Other indicators include stains or streaks running down walls from rooflines or puddles forming on flat rooftops after it rains. If you find any of these warning signs, ask us about having waterproofing solutions applied to your roof.
Inspect the flashing.
Flashing is metal strips used to seal up and protect vulnerable parts of your roof like valleys, dormers, and chimneys. If this material is broken or missing, it can cause leaks that can lead to water damage in both the interior and exterior of your home. Make sure all flashing is intact and properly installed, or ask our team about replacing it with a more durable option.
Check for moss, algae, or mold growth.
Moss, algae, and mold are all forms of organic growth that can seriously detract from the appearance of your roof as well as accelerate its deterioration if left untreated. These problems are often caused by excess moisture buildup, which should be addressed before purchasing a home with proper ventilation and drainage.
Check for signs of rust on metal elements.
Metal components such as flashing, vents, and pipes are common in most roofs. If not properly maintained, these elements can corrode over time, leading to much more serious problems down the line if left untreated. Inspect all metal components for any sign of rust and have them replaced if needed.
Look into the attic and loft.
The attic and loft of your prospective new home can tell you a lot about its roof. If there are any discolorations on the inside walls or ceilings, this may be an indication of water leakage due to holes, cracks, or other damage in the roofing material. Additionally, if rust is present in the attic or loft, metal components in your roof may also be affected. Be sure to inspect these areas for any signs of trouble before signing on the dotted line.
Inspect the gutters and downspouts.
Gutters and downspouts are integral components of a roof, as they help direct water away from the home’s foundation. If these are clogged or damaged, then it could spell disaster for your new home’s roofing system. Inspect that gutters and downspouts are connected properly and free of debris before making an offer on a property.
Check for missing shingles or tiles.
Missing shingles or tiles are a surefire sign of roof trouble. Not only do they leave the underlying material exposed, but they can also increase the risk of water damage in your home. If you notice any missing pieces, it’s best to contact a professional for an inspection before signing on the dotted line.
A professional Ohio roofer for a roof inspection service.
Walkers Roofing & Construction is a premier Ohio roofer for all of your roof inspection needs. We provide a thorough and detailed examination of the property so that you can be sure that your new home is safe from potential damage or other issues caused by an aging or damaged roofing system. Give us a call today to get started on your roof inspection.