What to Look For In the Roof When You’re Buying a Home

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When you are in the process of buying a home, there are a lot of factors that you are checking. Is the neighborhood in a good area? How old is the HVAC system? Is it in a flood zone area? With all of the beautiful chaos that is involved with buying a home, you may overlook some factors, such as the roof. The roof is a very vital aspect of the home, and you want to ensure that you are asking the right questions and inspecting the right areas before jumping right in.

How Old Is the Roof?

Roofs can last anywhere from 15 years to a lifetime, depending on the type of roof and materials used. When buying a home, make sure you ask when the roof was installed or replaced. It‘s good to know how many more years it can endure before it starts giving out. Additionally, ask for the official paperwork that states when the work on the roof was done. If the roof is pretty old, you can use that to negotiate the price of the home or it might be better to move on to a different home with a better roof condition.

How Is the Ventilation System?

No matter how shiny that roof is, the roof’s ventilation system should be one of the main priorities in your mind when buying a home. You need a ventilation system that allows sunlight and air to come in easily. If you are dealing with poor ventilation, a number of problems can add up, including the formation of mold. 

Are There Leaks?

A leaky roof is a nightmare. A seller might not tell you that their home has a leaky roof. You might need to investigate that on your own. Ask them upfront, and if they are not sure, take a look at the home’s ceiling and walls. Are there any water streaks or faded wallpaper? If you aren’t able to get a roof inspection before purchasing the home, make sure you schedule an appointment shortly after you have purchased it. This will help catch any problems early on, and the roofers can repair any leaks or holes before they cause serious damage. 

Look Out For Mold

Mold is the result of poor ventilation and water leakage. It can come in a number of colors, such as green, white, and black, and in different shapes. Mold thrives in water-drenched materials, such as roofs having water pipes and gutter systems all around the house. If mold isn’t taken care of immediately, it can pose threats to you and your family’s health, such as difficulty breathing and other allergic symptoms. It’s important to know if this potential home has any risks to your health.

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If you are in need of a roof inspection, maintenance work, a simple repair, or a complete roof replacement, get in touch with First Out Roofing today. Our team has been serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over 25 years. If you are in the process of buying a house, or you have just purchased it and want to assess the roof, just give us a call!

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