Buying a Home this Spring? Ask Your Home Inspector These Questions About the Roof

Spring is a popular time of year to buy a home. There are a lot of things to consider when buying a home because it's going to be one of the biggest personal investments that you make. You don't want to make a quick decision and later find out that your new home needs a bunch of costly repairs if didn't plan for it. That's why it's crucial to get your home inspected before you move further with the purchase of the home. When it comes to your roof, you'll want to make sure that it's in great shape and still has plenty of life left. Be sure to ask your home inspector the following questions about the roof of the home you're considering buying.

The Life of the Roof

First and foremost, you want to know how old the roof is on the house that you're considering purchasing. How much life is left in the current roofing structure? Is it going to need to be replaced within just a couple years? Does it need to be replaced now? How soon will it need to be replaced? You'll need to consider this information in your decision to purchase, as it could add a major expense to your home purchase.

Concerning Roof Damage 

The other big question you want to ask is if there's any roof damage, no matter how small. Depending on the type of roofing material and the extent of any damage, this could be an expense that a new homeowner wasn't expecting. If any damage is found, you have the leverage to negotiate the home price with the sellers to help cover the repair costs. A professional roof inspection will include a thorough look at not just the top of the roof, but the entire roofing structure to see if there's any evidence of cracks, holes, animal infiltration, water intrusion or other damage. How bad is the problem? When and how should it be addressed?

Roof Ventilation 

One thing that could be easily overlooked when purchasing a home is if there is adequate roof ventilation. Is the roof properly ventilated? If your roof is not ventilated properly, roofing issues can occur. High temperatures can cause shingles to become brittle and less resilient. Ventilation is an important aspect of any roof and home. A professional roof inspection would ensure that your ventilation is adequate for the size of the roof.

Home inspectors will generally do a good job inspecting your roof but they won't have the knowledge and expertise a roofing contractor at the Lake of the Ozarks would. Above & Beyond Roofing offers FREE roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks so it's a good idea to schedule a roof inspection so you know if you need to negotiate the price of a new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks or any necessary repairs that need to be made. When you find your potential dream home, be sure to our roofing company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call!

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