When buying a new property, it’s not just the scheduled monthly mortgage you should be concerned with, it’s the unforeseen home repair costs that come after signing your contract that have the tendency to keep you up at night. Replacing the entire roof on your new home can easily cost upwards of about twenty thousand dollars. You read that right; those numbers can certainly cause a severe case of insomnia. So to help spare your wallet, and also spare you a night of ceaseless tossing and turning, we’ve come up with a few tips you should consider about the status of your potentially new roof.
Assess the roofing material
When assessing your roof status, you’re mainly asking yourself, “how much longer is this roof going to last me?’ According to the National Association of Home Builders, depending on the material in which your roof is built, it can last anywhere from 20 to more than 50 years. Roofs made from tile, slate, or copper framing can last over half of a century, while roofs constructed with fiber cement, composite/asphalt shingles can wear out as early as 20 years after installation. Variables like weather activity, radiation, and other outdoor elements have an affect on the longevity of your roof.
What to look for?
There are several tell-tell signs that your roof is deteriorating or nearing its final days.
- Look for lost granules (the tiny grains that cover your asphalt shingles), extensive wear and tear can likely detach them from the shingles. Check the surrounding area (gutters, spouts, and attic) to see if you find a large amount granules in a small pile.
- Keep an eye out for shingles that appear abnormal. Buckling, curling, or broken asphalt shingles are clear sign that your roof is past its prime and may be on its last legs. A common cause of buckling or curling shingles is poor ventilation and extensive overheating. If your home has tile roofing, broken tiles can often cause the underlayment of your rooftop to be exposed to water damage and UV rays.
Check the quality of installation
Using good reliable material is one thing, but setting up your roof properly is an entirely different beast. Poor installation plays a key role in how well and how long your roof will able to perform its duties. The quality of the material that is used to set up the roof pales in comparison to how important it is that the roof is installed professionally by a qualified contractor and that the workmanship aligns with roofing standards.
Before moving into a new home, it’s extremely important that you find out who or what company that was responsible for installing the roof. Ask the previous homeowner about that information and then conduct some research on the contracting company or individual who is responsible for the construction and check some of the areas where work was likely to be done like chimneys, vents, and pipes. Also check your roof from the inside of your attic to inspect how well it has been patched and the quality of your shingles and the tar application at the time of construction.
If you are unsure of your roof status and are curious to find out, you can call your local roofing contractor to help guide you.