Purchasing a new home can be one of the most important decisions of your life and needs to be well thought out and researched to ensure you are making a good investment.
One of the most expensive maintenance items on a home is going to be the roof. Before you go buying the first home you see on the market, make sure you take into account the remaining lifespan on your roof and what it is going to require to replace and bring the existing roof up to code.
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How old is the existing roof? Depending on how long ago the roof was replaced, the real estate agent or the previous owners may have the information on when and who replaced the roof in the past.
If they do not have this information, take a look at your local property appraiser website and you should be able to pull up previous permits that were pulled on your home including the re-roof. You should also try to find out if the previous roof had a warranty.
How was the previous roof installed? Some older shingled roofs are installed over existing shingles rather than removing the old shingles, underlayment and plywood. This can cause major issues for the home if the shingles are not completely removed and the plywood under the shingles examined for soft spots, rotting, or mold.
If your home has shingles on top of shingles, you should really have your roof replaced. You are almost guaranteed to have water damage, mold and wood rot due to the water being trapped between the shingles.
Walk around on the roof if you can, or hire someone to climb up on the roof and check for wood rot. You can feel the roof from under your feet get spongy or soft. If the roof feels soft, has any type of play when you stand on it, or see areas where shingles are missing it probably means that you have damage to the plywood protecting your home from the outside elements.
It would be a good idea to have a free roofing estimate completed to ensure there isn’t any permanent water damage.
Check the condition of your existing shingles. Shingles are covered by a gravel type material to protect them from the elements. The older the shingles are the more gravel falls off of the shingles leaving them susceptible to holes and leaks.
Take a look at the shingles, the insides of the gutters and even the ground around your home to see how much of the gravel protectant has eroded off. If the shingles look uneven and weathered, it may be time to check out alternatives.
Are you a homeowner looking to get home insurance quotes on your property soon? If you are, there may be some new rules going into effect that may make getting your home insured a little more difficult than it was in previous years. Insurance companies are now denying insurance to homeowners who may need to replace their roofs, their hot water heaters, and more.
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