Don’t let the excitement surrounding the purchase of a new home prevent you from due diligence when it comes to inspecting the home for potential hidden problems. One of the most important things that you can do when you are shopping for a home is to inspect the roof to look for missing shingles or shingles that have been patched. An unsightly or dilapidated roof is not just an eyesore that detracts from the overall curb appeal of your home; it can also be a money pit that you end up spending a lot of cash to climb out of.
If you are taking out a mortgage on your home, chances are good that it will go through one or more official, professional inspections prior to the approval of your loan anyway. However, you can get a good feel of whether the inspection is going to go good or bad by visually looking over the roof yourself. Look for buckled, curling, broken, cracked shingles or other roofing materials, and notice if the roof has proper ventilation, the lack of which can lead to a whirlwind of problems later.
The Roof’s History
If possible, try to find out as much as you can about the roof from the existing homeowner or real estate agent. The age of the roof is important, and if you can find out if the roof has been replaced or any other major work done on the roof, that is also a big bonus. Keep in mind that a typical roof made with asphalt shingles can last up to 25 years, perhaps slightly less in the Florida sun coupled with Florida’s often inclement weather and storm systems. It is also generally a good idea to find out if the roof has been replaced, who replaced it. Not all roofers are created equally, and if the roof replacement was a DIY job or done by an unseemly company, then you may be in a setup where you end up with a failed roof after a few years.
Also consider the type of roof, since this can give you a good idea of the amount of maintenance, repair work, and other possible issues that you may encounter if you decide to go through with the purchase of the home. For instance, a home with a flat roof, may be a strong indicator that you’re going to have some major leaks on down the road. Be sure that the home that you choose has a roof that you are comfortable with and that makes sense for the area where it’s located.
For the savvy home buyer, the roof is a critical part of the home, and if there are issues with the roof, experts might go so far as to call them deal breakers. If you have any doubt about the roof’s structure integrity, be sure to insist on your own inspection as a buyer that goes beyond the seller’s inspection or the bank’s inspection.
A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction offers free inspections to guide you in the right direction whether you need repairs, a replacement or recommendations before filing an insurance claim for storm damage.
Roof damage from a winter storm is an issue you can’t afford to put off with hurricane season around the next corner. We can help. Schedule your free roof inspection today!
About AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc
AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc. is a general contractor and leading roofing business headquartered out of Jacksonville, FL, serving homeowners throughout Northeast Florida since 2003. Owner and CEO Arthur J. Wells founded the family-owned and operated company, leading a highly seasoned team of roofing experts and technicians who specialize in insurance restoration, re-roofing projects to replace old roofs, and roofs repairs resulting from a loss occurrence. The main office is located at 5651 Colcord Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32211. To find out more, visit www.ajwellsroofing.com or call 904 553-0069.