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What to Look for In a Roof When Buying a Home?

By The Experts at WestPro

When the Time Comes to Invest In Buying a Home, Know What Exactly What to Look For

When making a decision on buying a home, you have a checklist of items that need to be accounted for. In narrowing down your top choices, you are evaluating the home price, town, neighborhood, number of bedrooms, and the functionality of the kitchen. You should also pay close attention to the condition of the roof, along with the other exterior areas (siding and windows). It is very important to not overlook the structural integrity of the roof, as this could possibly cost you thousands of dollars later if the condition is not known before the purchase of your home.

Below is an outline of things that you should try to observe when looking to purchase a home. These potential problem areas of the roof can be observed from the ground level, so no need to get out a ladder.
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Damaged Shingles

Pay attention to curling at the edges of asphalt shingles or cedar shakes. This indicates that the shingles are near the end of their lifespan. Also, missing shingles or tiles may raise a red flag that there is wind damage to the roof.

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Roof of a residential house showing damage, multiple layers of shingles, missing shingles

Water Damage on Fascia Boards

Cracks and discoloration in the fascia boards around the roof mean that the roof is not shedding water properly.

Water Damage on Fascia Boards

Water Stains

Inspect the ceiling for water stains under the roof. Dark spots on the indoor ceiling is a clear symptom of a leak in the roof. Beware, fresh ceiling paint may be a sign that someone has tried to paint over water stains caused by a roof leak. Also, inspect the attic for evidence of water infiltration.

Water Stains on a roof

Last but not least, ask the homeowner or the seller when was the last time they replaced the roof. The shingles deteriorate over time and need replacing every 12 to 20 years. Per the roof’s condition, a reevaluation of your offer may be necessary.

If you happen to encounter any of the issues above before purchasing, consider getting a roof inspection.

If you are purchasing a home in Colorado and are concerned about the quality of your roof, do not hesitate to contact WestPro. Catching problems before buying the home will help you make a better decision and in the event of buying the home, will save you money.