Everyone enjoys the excitement of buying a home. Many are eagerly anticipating the exciting process of choosing one.
If you don’t know where to start, home buying can be stressful for families. It can be frustrating to find out that your property needs thousands of dollars worth of repairs after you have purchased it. Some repairs can be left until the dust settles. Others are more urgent to address if there are issues.
Your roof is a vital part of your home
Your roof is an essential and important part of your home. Your roof protects you and your family from the weather, prevents damage to your belongings, and adds strength and support to your home’s overall structure. To perform these vital functions, it must be maintained in good condition.
You need to be aware of these things as you start the search for a home. It is possible to save time and money by knowing what warning signs you should look out for when inspecting your new home. These are the issues you should be aware of.
- Broken or missing tiles and shingles. Broken or missing tiles and shingles are easily visible from the ground. If it is corrected quickly, it’s not considered a serious problem. Water damage can be done to roofs if they are exposed. This issue can be detected early on.
- You will see water stains in the interior of your home. Water damage to the walls or ceilings of your home’s interior is an indication that leakage is occurring from the roof. A sign that there is a problem may be a sign of new paint or bubbling paint. To determine if there are any major repairs that need to be done, ask for access to your attic.
- A high level of fungal overgrowth and debris. A roof that is exposed to high temperatures and precipitation may develop fungal overgrowth. These fungi use heat and humidity as a means to grow, spread, and weaken roofs. Overgrowth can quickly spread into your home and make you and your family vulnerable to many health risks. Check for mold and moss at any intersections and in the shade.
- Cracked flashings and boots These might not be visible from the ground but a roofing contractor can accurately assess the condition of your flashings and boots. These coverings, which are usually made of rubber or metal and used wherever a roof intersects or requires venting, are most commonly made of rubber or metallic. If the flashing or boot is compromised, it can allow moisture and other debris into your home. Ask for a roof inspection to check for any damage or weaknesses.
- No matter how well maintained a roof maybe, eventually, it will fall apart. Make sure that your roof is still functional before you buy a new home. Ask current homeowners when the roof was last replaced, and if they can provide information related to that installation/replacement. A licensed roofing contractor will be able to assess the roof’s age and condition.
This post was written by a roofing professional at KCG Roofing. KCG Roofing is one of the best roofing companies in Tampa! KCG Roofing has the experience and expertise to replace or repair your roof with quality materials and excellent craftsmanship. All our roofs are backed by a 15-year leak-free guarantee, the highest in the industry. We have been family-owned and operated for over 40 years.