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Inspecting the Roof When Buying a New Property

Roof InspectionBuying a new property for your primary residence, a vacation home, or for your business is an exciting experience. It’s also a big investment, so you want to be sure the property you purchase has as few problems as possible. One area in which costs can begin to mount is the roof. That’s why it’s important to do your own inspection as well as have a professional inspection by a roofing contractor. Here are some things that you and the professionals should be looking for.

QUICK LOOK
The first step to inspecting the roof is to walk around the exterior of the home and look for obvious signs of damage. These signs include broken or missing shingles, sagging areas, or moss or lichen growth. Moss or lichen growth may indicate rot underneath. Although a proper inspection certainly includes more than this basic step, it can sometimes give a clear indication of the age and condition of the roof.

UP THE LADDER
In most cases, you or the roofing contractor will need to get on the roof for a proper, thorough inspection. This allows you to more clearly see the presence of damaged shingles or tiles, cracked caulk or rust on flashing, and damaged vent pipes.

INTERIOR INSPECTION
The interior of the home, especially in the attic and around the fireplace can indicate roof problems as well. Warning signs include water damage to the ceiling, peeling paint, dampness around the fireplace, or water stains around venting pipes.

PROFESSIONAL INSPECTION
Most people know that it’s a good idea to have a home inspection before purchasing a property. However, even the most qualified home inspector can miss roof problems. For the most thorough roof inspection possible, it’s best to contact the professionals. This ensures that other signs of roof damage you or the home inspector may have overlooked are detected so that you’re not surprised by any major roofing costs after purchasing the property.