Buying a Home? Roof Inspection is Critical!
Next to the cost of the home itself, nothing will cost you more than having to replace the roof. That's why it is critical to get a roof inspection prior to buying a home. The roof may appear fine from the ground, but only an inspection can show hidden issues, like improper venting, poorly installed gutters, hidden mold and mildew, dry rot and other defects. Getting a professional roof inspection will cost you far less than a roof repair or replacement.
Here is a checklist of items based on the 10 most common roof problems that you can ask your roof inspectors to look at for you:
- loose, broken or missing roofing material (like shingles, tiles or shakes)
- blistered, curled or split roof shingles, shakes or tiles; watch for dark patches
- large amounts of granules in the rain gutters — granular coatings on asphalt shingle wear away and the shingle looses integrity and its protection capabilities
- particularly in the Southwest, improper installation of air conditioning or swamp cooler jacks and vents
- sagging in the ridges or in the center of the roof or sagging decking between the rafters
- loose, missing or corroded flashing - particularly near perforations in the roof like plumbing vents, heating or cooling vents, chimneys and sky lights
- broken or loose shingles at ridge lines and hip lines
- rusty metal or loose shingles where vertical sides of the house meet the roof
- proper ventilation to make sure your roof can breathe
- blisters, depressions near vent pipes, clogged drains on flat roofs, separations in flashing
- overflowing gutters or excess water pooling near the foundation of the house
- signs of leaking in the attic area — dark spots in the wood (especially around chimneys, vents and other holes to the roof)
- wet or soft dark spots mean they are a current problem, dry and hard dark spots indicate an old problem that has been fixed
- signs of leaking or water damage - water stains, sagging ceilings
If the roof inspector finds damage, have them write up an estimate on the cost of repair. Then you can take the list of damage and estimate to the seller and negotiate the price or insist on repairs before purchasing the home.
If you need a roof inspection prior to buying a home, call the experts at Roofing Southwest. With 40 years of experience in residential and commercial roofing, our experts have seen it all. One of the largest and most successful roofing contractors in the Southwest, Roofing Southwest has expanded its commercial and multi-housing division throughout the Southwestern U.S., including Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.
"We have a 100% satisfaction rating on all our projects. We understand that it is better to do the job right the first time because it costs us less and builds immeasurable goodwill. We make this commitment to you up-front and you can hold us to it."