What All New Homeowners Should Know About the Roof
Are you in the market for a new home? Whether it’s the first home you have ever purchased or the fifth, I’m sure you’re very excited. Don’t let the excitement of this new adventure distract you from looking at one of the most important parts of your potential future home (especially if you’re a first time home buyer)…the roof. This is likely one of the most expensive investments you’ll make in your lifetime, and the roof is what’s either protecting it or allowing it to be compromised.
Before you sign on the dotted line, here are a few things you should pay close attention to, you’ll be glad you did.
Beginning with the home inspection:
Very few homes are sold without the buyer hiring a home inspector to thoroughly go over the house…your lender will probably require it. Their report will indicate things about the home that are potential problems, some will be deal breakers and some won’t. Their report on the condition of your roof should not be taken lightly. If the report shows a couple of minor issues that you’re willing to deal with yourself, you’re probably ok. But if the report shows that the roof is at the end of its life, is failing due to poor maintenance or any other reason…this is definitely a red flag. If you’re just not sure, hire a roof inspector or professional roofer to give you an opinion. This might cost a little extra now, but can save you thousands in repair or replacement down the road.
Another part of the home inspection to pay close attention to in regards to the health of your roof is what your inspector has to say about your attic. In the attic he/she can determine if the ventilation is good, if the insulation is adequate, if there are leaks, structure damage or mold growth. All these things either affect your roof or are caused by roof damage.
Don’t forget the rain gutters.
When it comes to your roof, remember, water is its enemy!
Most people don’t equate the health or integrity of the rain gutters with the health of their roof. Make sure the gutters have been cleaned and maintained well. Clogged gutters allow water to build up and run over the edge, and in colder weather encourages ice dams (icicles) to form. Although they’re pretty to look at, the ice buildup can creep up under your shingles and cause damage and leaks.
Once you become the homeowner, this is a home maintenance task that shouldn’t be ignored.
Know the history of the roof.
If this house is a previously lived in home, find out when the current roof was installed, what materials were used, the name of the roofing contractor and the warranty information. (Find out if the warranty from the current roof, if it’s still covered, is transferable.)
Pay attention to your homeowners insurance policy.
Because the roof is your home’s first line of defense, it’s important to understand the insurance coverage…what damage it covers (they typically don’t cover wear and tear), how much the policy will pay and what your deductible will be.
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