3 Things to Look For in Your Roof When Buying a Home

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Buying a home is a huge milestone in your life, and is one of the more important decisions you’ll have to make. You probably have your list of must-haves for what you’re looking for in a new home – but have you considered your must-haves for the structure of your home?

The roof is an essential part of your house, so when looking at purchasing a home you should consider what type of roof you prefer and some warning signs of impending issues. 

Here are our top 3 roofing tips when you’re on the market for a new home: 

Know how old the roof is.

When you first pull up to a potential home, the first thing you should do is inspect the quality of the roof from a distance. Do you notice any mold? Is the roof perfectly flat, or are there curling edges and bulges? Are shingles missing?

If you notice any of the above, then it’s likely the roof is older and needs replacing. You can also ask your realtor or the homeowner how old the roof is to get a better idea of when it’ll need replacing.

Does it have a good ventilation system?

A good ventilation system is crucial to preventing mold and mildew and reducing moisture. When a roof has a quality ventilation system, the potential for leaks is also reduced.

A good ventilation system allows sunlight and air to easily come in, while also letting the hot air and heat out. A poor ventilation system traps moisture and humidity in, opening the road for higher utility costs and mold.

Look for leaks, breaks, and water spots.

It is incredibly frustrating when you’re settling into your new home only to realize the roof leaks during your first rainstorm. Looking for leaks, breaks, and water spots when touring a home is a great way to prevent this issue.

More often than not, leaks occur in valleys, chimneys, and plumbing vents. If you spot mold anywhere in the house, chances are you have a leak somewhere in the roof. 

Check the attic.

Checking the attic is a great and easy way to inspect the integrity of the roof. That’s the first place you’ll see mold or mildew and any signs of leaking. A few things to look out for are:

  • Little to no insulation, meaning there isn’t an effective moisture barrier between your attic and your living spaces.
  • Stains on the underside of roofing, indicating water damage.
  • On a sunny day, check for small pinholes of light that show holes in the roofing or weakness at the seams.

If you do find issues with the roofing in a house you love, don’t let it means you turn down your dream home! Call Hewatt Roofing for all your roofing needs. 

Hewatt Roofing is a family-owned company that has serviced Gainesville and surrounding areas for 49 years. Call us today at (770) 297-3585 to learn more about a FREE roof inspection.

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