What to Look for in the Roof When You’re Buying a Home

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Buying a home is always an exciting time. This is true whether you are buying your first home or your fifth home. Getting a new property is a great feeling. However, you do need to make sure that you are choosing the right house. Many people look at the number of rooms and the size and location of the home to help them make a decision. They also want to have a property that looks great, and that suits their needs. However, not everyone is putting enough attention on checking out the structure of a piece of property, particularly the roof, before putting in an offer.

It is time to look at some of the important roof factors that help to determine whether you are making a good buy or you should simply avoid buying a piece of property.

1. Does the Roof Appear Straight?

From a visual perspective, does the roof appear to be uneven or not straight? If it does, this could be a problem for you sooner rather than later. Not only does this make the house look unsafe and unaesthetically pleasing but is also means that it could provide an unsafe living environment. It could indicate further problems with the structure of the home, and it could mean leaks are going to come sooner rather than later.

2. Do You Notice Water Spots/Rot Inside the Home?

When you are inside of the home, do you notice water spots on the ceiling or on the walls up toward the ceiling? This could be an indicator that the roof is already leaking and that it probably has been for a while. In some severe cases, these water spots will have gotten to the point where they start to rot and even develop mold inside of the home.

3. Mold or Moss Growing on the Roof

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Speaking of mold, if you notice that the roof has mold and/or moss growing on it, you will likely want to pass up on the house. Moss and mold can potentially damage shingles. When these growths appear, it means that the roof is not shedding the water properly, or that you are in a perpetually moist environment. These types of growth require water, and they hold water, which can get up under the shingles and end up causing damage to the roof.

4. Are the Shingles Damaged?

A visual inspection is also going to let you know if there are any noticeable problems with the shingles on the roof. Broken and cracked shingles are going to allow water to get down into the roof and cause damage. Keep in mind that roofs that use other options than shingles, such as asphalt roofing, can have cracks and damage in them, as well.

5. Hire a Professional

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If you are going to be buying a piece of property, you will want to make sure that you look to the potential problems mentioned above. However, you will also want to get in touch with a professional who can come out to the property and inspect the roof. A professional can give the roof an inspection to ensure that there are no issues that the seller is not disclosing. It is the best way to make sure that you are not getting duped and that you are buying a house that is worth your money.

Your roof is extremely important, and you want to be sure that you are doing everything you can to buy the perfect home. Do not make the mistake of overlooking just how important your roof really is.