Buying a home with an old, severely damaged, or failing roof is rarely a good idea. Properties with longstanding roof problems can have mold, drywall damage, and foundation issues. In some cases, addressing these issues could be a costly, time-intensive endeavor. Unfortunately, most new home buyers don’t know what to look for when inspecting these structures. To help you make an informed purchasing decision, the following are three roof inspection tips that every new homebuyer should know.
1. Never Go It Alone
You should never attempt to inspect the roof on a potential property investment all on your own. We offer comprehensive roof inspections by licensed roofers that include attic, chimney, and flashing assessments, a thorough review of the roof decking and its integrity, and more. We also provide detailed roof inspection reports that help our clients effectively negotiate with sellers.
2. Check the Gutters and Downspouts for Shingle Granules
There’s an easy way to assess the age and integrity of a roof during the early stages of the buying process and long before you’ve made any offers or commitments. Simply check the base of downspouts for shingle granules. If you find clusters of dark pebbles or gravel-like material, the roof shingles are losing their outermost protective layer. These granules minimize shingle damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. They also direct water down the roof’s slope and towards the gutters. If the granules are eroding, the roof is likely near the end of its lifespan.
3. Look for Flashing Issues and Separation at the Roof Valleys
Another easy way to tell whether a roof is on its last legs is by searching for signs of separation at the roof valleys or loose, torn flashing. Flashing is a thin layer of metal that is applied at roof valleys and around roof protrusions like vents, chimneys, and skylights. If this metal is exposed, curled, or hanging, moisture damage is likely to be present in the underlying areas.
We’re proud to serve Lafayette, LA and the surrounding communities. We offer top-notch roofing inspection, roof replacement, and roof repair services. We also provide storm damage repair, painting, and remodeling services. If you have your eye on a new home and need a licensed professional to inspect its roof, give Eagle Roofing & Construction a call now!