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Tips For Home Buying - 5 Steps To Quickly Determine The Condition Of The Roof

By Erik G Pearson on December 08, 2011

Other than significant structural issues, the roof represents the largest possibility for expense in a home, so avoiding the purchase of a roof problem can save a great deal of time, headaches, and money.

The roof's main function is keeping water out of the home. Basically, water-proof shingles keep water off of plywood, and metal flashings keep water from seeping into the places where the roof connects to the rest of the home. If these mechanisms fail and water is allowed into the home, it can ruin insulation, destroy ceilings and walls, and cause mold. Not fun.

Here are steps to quickly determine the condition of the roof:

1) Ask your agent to find out if the roof has ever been replaced. If it has, have your agent ask for receipts. The sellers should be able to remember having the roof replaced, so you should get an accurate answer. Of course, if the roof has never been replaced, then it's the same age as the home. The average life-span of an asphalt shingle roof is 15 to 20 years.

2) Since it's usually not practical to climb on the roof, consider using binoculars.

3) You'll notice metal flashings that connect the roof to the chimney and to the sides of the home. Look for gaps, rust, or warping. If you notice these issues, have the seller replace the questionable flashings.

4) Look for worn or warping shingles. Aging will cause shingles to buckle, especially at the corners. If the roof seem significantly aged, have a licensed roofer do an inspection (at the seller's cost if possible). If a seller balks at the cost of tearing off and replacing the entire roof, you might be able to have them add a layer of new shingles on top; thereby, extending the life of the roof at a fraction of the cost.

5) Look for discoloration. Discoloration can be mildew, a sign of aging, or both. Mildew shouldn't be left untreated because it leads to quicker aging. Take a look at other roofs in the area. If you can find obviously newer roofs that have the same discoloration, then mildew might be the problem. Having the seller treat a mildew problem can extend the life-span of your new roof. On the other hand, if based on other roofs, the discoloration is caused by aging. Have a licensed roofer do an inspection (at the seller's cost if possible).

Happilymoved is a website operated by local Spring Hill, Tennessee real estate agents and is dedicated to helping families make the best decision possible in their home search through informative articles and an MLS search feature: spring hill tn homes for sales & homes for sale in spring hill tn 37174.

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