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Why You Should Look At The Roof When Buying A New House

by Apr 23, 2021

When buying a new home, there are many things to consider before moving into your dream home. Things such as location, home size, style, design, and interiors are high on the priority list of homebuyers.

The roofing system of a new home is often not the first thing that home buyers look out for, but in our experience, it should be. A home’s roofing system is essential for its functionality and durability. When there are issues with your roof, it can make living conditions unbearable.

 

If you are in the market for a new home, you need to look out for some of these roofing elements.

 

The Age Of The Roof

When buying a house, it’s essential to know the roof’s age. Most roofing systems last about 20 to 50 years, and you don’t want to buy a home that’s nearing the end of its lifespan because you’ve already paid so much to purchase the house, and now you would have to replace the roof as well.

Aged roofs offer homeowners limited protection from the elements. Chances are an advanced aged roof has a few nicks and dents and maybe even a few leaky spots. It’s also essential to consider the roofing material as well, as some materials age better than others.

 

Missing or Broken Shingles

Suppose you notice that a potential home has broken or missing shingles; you should consider this as a red flag. Ensure that you inspect the attic space to determine if these shingles have created a greater roofing problem. Broken and missing shingles are relatively easy and affordable to repair and replace, but this should be taken into consideration when you make your final offer.

 

Roof Ventilation

It’s essential to determine the state of a potential home’s ventilation system. Poor ventilation means that the house’s air circulation is irregular and can cause an uncomfortable living environment.

Inadequate ventilation can lead to an increase in moisture in your home, cold spots, and mold growth. The new home needs to get enough sunlight and airflow to have a regulated ventilation system.

 

Drainage System

Ensure that the potential home has a functioning drainage system and that the excess water is drained appropriately and transported away from the house.

You don’t want water draining anywhere near entranceways, across pathways, or any space you would like to keep dry. Also, check that the gutter system has no leaks, broken pipes, or blocked by debris.

 

For more information on residential roofing and what to look out for, give John Henderson Construction a call today.

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