There are few things more disheartening than finding a home you love and then realizing it needs major repairs before you move in. When in the market for a new house, it’s important to know what to look for in the beginning stages of your search so you don’t get your heart set on a home that will require a large remodeling investment.
The roof is one of the areas you should always pay attention to as an old or damaged roof could end up costing you thousands in repairs or replacement. Here are some tips on quickly determining what shape your potential new home’s roof is in.
Ask How Old It Is
One of the easiest ways to determine what shape a home’s roof is in is to ask how old it is. Asphalt roofs will typically last 20 years, fiber cement 25 years, wood shake 30 years, and slate or copper tile roofs can last 50 years. Metal roofs for houses can last 40 to 60 years and provide a great defense against Maine weather. If the roof on the home you’re considering is nearing this age, you may have to negotiate a new roof in your contract.
Look for Curled, Damaged or Missing Shingles
If a visual inspection of the home’s roof reveals curled, damaged or missing shingles, you know that a roof repair or replacement will probably be needed before you buy the home. You can usually spot big problems from the ground, but getting a professional up on the roof to do a more thorough inspection is always recommended.
Keep an Eye out for Water Damage Inside
When you enter the home, keep an eye out for water damage, especially near the ceiling. Look for bubbles, water spots, or mold and mildew. Any water damage could indicate a roof leak that will need to be taken care of before more damage is done.
Of course, if you do fall in love with a home and decide to make an offer, a professional inspection will be performed and you’ll get a full report on the condition of the roof as well as the rest of the home. Using a reputable roofer in Maine will give you peace of mind that you will have full disclosure on any potential problems your new home’s roof may have. If you have questions about your future home’s roof or would like to schedule an inspection, please contact Horch Roofing.