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What to Look for in a Roof When Buying A Home

5 Things to Look for in a Roof When Buying a New Home

A roof is one of the most important components of a home. Therefore, you should carefully consider the condition of a roof if you are looking to buy a new home. Here are the five things you should look for in a roof before making a final home buying decision:

  1. The age of the roof. When was the current roof installed? Consider the age of the roof and roofing material to determine whether or not you’ll have to replace it in the near future. If your realtor or the current homeowner is unsure of the age of the roof, you can research roofing permits on the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department website or Teller County Building Department website. Once you have determined the installation date, find out what materials were used. Depending on regional weather conditions and maintenance, asphalt shingle roofs can last from 15 to 20 years. Other roofing materials, like tile or metal, can last even longer.
  2. Conduct a roof inspection from the ground and check for damaged or missing shingles. Even a simple visual roof inspection from the ground can be helpful. Look at the roof to see if anything appears to be loose or missing. Do the vents and pipes appear to be in stable condition? Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles as well as preexisting storm damage. This could signify that the home will need a roof replacement or repair before purchasing.
  3. Check for interior water damage. Interior water damage, especially on the ceiling, is indicative of a roofing leak. If the roof appears to be leaking, it is crucial to repair it immediately to prevent mold buildup and additional water damage.
  4. Consider the roof type. Certain roofing materials require more maintenance than others. Before buying a home, consider the amount of maintenance the roof will require. The seller of the home should have information about the type of roof last installed. They may also be able to transfer the existing product warranty to you.
  5. Is the roof impact-resistant? Ask if the existing roof is Class 3 or Class 4 rated for impact resistance. This is especially important to consider before buying a home in Colorado where hailstorms frequently cause roof damage. If the roof is not impact-resistant, you may have to replace it sooner than you expect. Additionally, insurance companies often offer discounts if you have impact-resistant roofing, which saves money.

Your roof is one of the most essential parts of a home. Keep these tips in mind if you are looking to purchase a new home. A sound roof will protect you and your home from the outside elements for years to come. Call us at 719.487.7663 or email us here: Contact Us

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  1. Thanks for sharing information about looking the roof quality when buying a house. This is really amazing. Love your ideas.

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