When purchasing a pre-existing home, one of the first things a new homeowner should look at is the condition of the roof. This way, they are able to determine whether they need a roof replacement or not. There are some considerations to take to determine whether basic repairs will do the job, however sometimes a complete replacement is the only alternative.
Does the Roof Sag?
When you are standing on the ground and looking at the pitch of the roof, do you see any portions of the roof sagging? This could be an indication that portions of the roof are failing. This is especially true if you have purchased an older home where a roof replacement has not occurred since the roof’s rating expired. A roof will typically last fifteen, twenty, or thirty years depending on the type of materials that are used.
Do You See Any Discoloration?
Either when you are standing on the ground or doing an inspection at roof level, do you see areas on the roof that are discolored? Are there areas that are darker, covered in mold, or covered with other types of vegetation? Is your home underneath tree growth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could be facing water damage and roof rot. The best way to know for sure is by peeling up some of the shingles to see how brittle they are and inspect the underlayment. Is it rotten? What is the condition of the sheathing? If there is a significant amount of rot, you will need a roof replacement.
What is the Condition of Your Attic?
Upon entering your attic or crawl space, what does it smell like? Are you greeted with a musty and wet smell, or does it just smell like a regular attic area? Bring a flashlight with you so you can inspect underneath the roof area, the rafters, and the areas directly below the roof. Even if it is difficult to get into your crawl space, this inspection is crucial to determine if water is getting inside your home. If you see blackened areas, mold, significantly wet areas, or any type of growth you will need a roof replacement using a qualified company like Bonner Built (bonnerbuilt.com).
Call For Estimates
Once you have completed your initial inspections and have an idea of what you are dealing with, you can compare notes with contractors. That way, when they give you an estimate, you will know what you are looking at. Call at least three contractors and ask them to inspect your roof to determine if you need roof repairs or a complete roof replacement. Compare the estimates each one of them gives you to see the differences in the work ordered, as well as in price. When you feel comfortable with one of the estimates, you can ask them to provide you with references that you can call to determine the previous work experience. This will ensure that you are working with a contractor you can trust.
This article was written by Carol Robinson.