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What to Look for In A Roof When Buying a New Home

When considering buying a new home, make sure that the house's roof is sturdy. The roof is one of the most expensive features of a home, so you should give it a good inspection. Here are some of the most critical factors to look for in a roof.

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As the potential new homeowner, you should speak up and ask questions at the home's open house.

Know How Old the Roof Is

Well first, how long do roofs typically last? An average shingle roof tends to have about 20-25 years of life; anything longer, and you might be pushing it. So, how can you tell the age of the roof? First, stand at a distance and study the roof. Check to make sure that it is mold-free and perfectly flat. There should not be any bulges or curly edges. Next, look for worn-out spots and see if any shingles are missing. If you see any of these signs, the roof is quite old. While there is nothing wrong with a roof being old, make sure it hasn't been compromised.

Good Ventilation System

The house you're interested in may have a shiny new roof; if it doesn't have appropriate ventilation, you may face huge issues. Poor ventilation systems can cause several problems, such as mold formation. Proper ventilation is essential to roof installation and critical to a healthy and efficient home.

Canals and Seepage System

Make sure to have any drainage pipes inspected by a roofing expert. The seepage system involves downspouts, gutters, and drainage pipes. While checking the gutters, look for asphalt shingle grains; they are responsible for shielding the shingles from the sun.

Look for roof Leaks

Rooftop leaks play a vital role in damaging the structure of a house. However, once the leaking begins, it can be tough to track the source of the leak. Leaks mostly appear in valleys, plumbing vents, and chimneys; basically, anywhere there is a seam. Therefore, you will need professionals to find the leak and remove it, so make sure to have the roof inspected before buying it.

Mold on the Roof

Mold is a fungus that comes in different colors – dark, white, green, or black. While a few molds are noticeable as they are severe and rotten, some are hidden and can't be easily seen. The main reasons for mold development are poor ventilation systems and water leakage, and it happens more in hotter climates.

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