Buying a new home is an exciting adventure. As you discover the home you are going to call yours, you should make sure that it has a sound foundation that will last for many years. One of the biggest investments you can make in your new home lies in your roof. Here are signs that you may need to replace your roof so your house remains a reliable place to live for as long as you own your home.
The age of your home
The age of your home can be a large deciding factor on whether or not you need a roof, especially if you have no knowledge of whether the current roof has ever had repairs on it or how old it really is. Whether your new home's roof is asphalt, metal, or shingled, you should expect it to have a healthy lifespan of around 20 years or more. If your home is very old or has its original roofing, you may need to consider replacement. A roofer can inspect your roof and give you a detailed estimate on what kinds of roof repair may be needed or if a total roof installation replacement is your better option.
Asphalt roofing is the most common type of roofing for common homes due to its ease of installation and cost-effective materials. It is also the style of roof most likely to need replacement within a few decades. If your new home has asphalt roofing and you notice missing sections, gaps in the roof, or cracks, then replacing your roof with a longer-lasting metal or wood shingle style may be your wisest option. You can prolong the lifespan of your new home's asphalt roof by having it regularly inspected and making repairs as soon as damages are noticed if you don't want to replace your roof right away.
The fixer upper
If you are buying a home that is an obvious fixer upper, then the roof should be one of the first areas you should address for repairs. A neglected home will show its wear in the attic, even if the roof itself appears to be in decent condition. Have a roofer inspect your attic to look for signs of water damage, sunlight showing through the ceiling, and other tell-tale signs of roof disrepair. In many cases it's cheaper and more beneficial to replace your home's roof entirely when a fixer upper shows signs of damage rather than attempt to make repairs that may not last in preserving the quality of your existing roof.
When buying your new home, always make sure your roof is in the best possible condition. An older home, a fixer upper, or a roof with asphalt shingles may all be signs that replacement is not far away and something you will need to budget for.Share
3 March 2016
One thing I never realized about roofing is what a difference it can make in the appearance of a home. The roofing on my home was more than 20 years old before we got around to replacing it. As we were working with our roofing contractor to choose the materials that we wanted to use, I learned quite a bit about the many, many options that we had to consider. Our blog will show you several of the options and provide you with facts about each type of material that you can use. Hopefully, what we have included here will help you choose the roofing that will look and perform the best on your home.