5 Things to Look for In A Roof When You Buy A Home

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5 Things to Look for In A Roof When You Buy A Home

May 16, 2018 Blog 0

How to Find a Home With a Good Roof

It’s moving season.  There is so much that goes into buying and selling a home, that it is oftentimes overwhelming.  It’s especially daunting if you’re a first-time home buyer!  We are going to help you out a bit and give you 5 things you should look for in a roof- with a Bonus tip at the end.

  1. Pass a Roof certification

    In order to legally sell a home your roof needs to be able to last for 3 years.

    A Roof Certification does just that.  It is completed by a roofing contractor (separate from an inspector).
    In a Certification they “certify” that the roof should hold up for the next 3 years.

    Notice the word SHOULD- There are variables here.

    Severe weather, and other extenuating circumstances can occur and impact the life of your roof.  However, a professional roofing contractor will be able to give you a good idea of how long your roof will last.

  1. Material Installed

    The material installed on your roof definitely affects the lifespan of your roof.

    3tab is not one of the most durable materials and will wear out before a good dimensional or metal roof.

    While it may only be 10 years old, the lifetime on a 3 tab is about 15 years.  A 30-year dimensional that is 10 years old, still has a good amount of time left before it needs to be replaced.

  2. Number of Layers

    One may think that the more layers on a roof, the better protected it is.

    This is just simply NOT the case.

    In fact, it can cause MORE PROBLEMS. The run off  causes issues due to shingles not laying correctly, pooling water under the layers etc…

    Also, there can be unseen damage along the first layer, that the second layer is covering up.

  3. Age of the Roof

    Let’s say your roof has a 30-year material but is 25 years old.

    Yes, it passes the roof certification.  But you need to take into consideration the fact that it will need replacing soon.

  4. Condition of Roof

    Moss, algae, curled shingles, brittle, and cracking shingles all show signs of wear and tear.

    Sometimes shingles can be worn here and there while still passing a 3-year certification.
    This can lead to future repairs, oftentimes within the first severe weather storm.

BONUS TIP-  Home Positioning-

Depending on where you live, you may want to look at your home and how it is positioned in relation to the sun.

Let me explain.

Say your home is a North/South facing home and you live here in the Pacific Northwest.  The roof on the Northside of your home will not get a lot of sun.

We find that moss, mildew or algae will grow on those north facing decks.

In the South, the intensity of the sun on south facing roofs can create dry, brittle, and weak shingles quickly.

Just pay attention, when you buy a house. Check out your facing and what roof decks will get mangled by the elements.
Through consistent homeowner maintenance, your roof, no matter which way it faces, will last a long time.



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