Looking to sell your home soon?
Have you thought about whether or not your roof is up to code?
The roof over your head can be easily forgotten about when preparing your home to go onto the market when you have other things to worry about like paint, appliances, current housing market and everything else that has to be taken into account. This is especially true if you haven’t had to make any repairs during your time as a homeowner.
So where does a homeowner begin to understand if their roof is up to code?
Get an inspection of your roof!
Any and all roof inspections will be on the lookout for the following issues:
- Missing, broken, or torn shingles
- Worn away shingle granules
- Cracked or missing caulk
- Rusted or missing flashing
- Rotted or torn rubber boots around pipes
- Wood rot or sagging areas
- Cracks in chimney or missing caps
- Gutters that aren’t securely attached
In case you have some time before placing your home on the market, here is a checklist of actions you can take to maintain your roof so that it stays in good standing with code enforcement:
- Replace any cracked or missing shingles. The shingles serve as the heart of your roofing system; without them, your roof won’t be able to protect against moisture properly. That’s why if you have cracked or missing shingles, you need to take action immediately to avoid compromising your family’s comfort. Be sure to replace them with high-quality materials to prevent premature replacement in the future.
- Remove moss or lichen growing on the roof. When there’s moss or lichen on your roof, it can indicate decay and moisture damage beneath the shingles. This means you need to remove it and perform a more in-depth inspection of your roof to know its actual condition.
- Notice if there are large amounts of shingle granules in the gutters. These granules are responsible for protecting the shingles against moisture and damage. A few granules in the gutters may not be a major cause for concern; however, large amounts of granules on an old roof might indicate the system is nearing the end of its life span. Call a professional for a closer inspection and to help determine the right action to take.
- Address the issues right away. Some people tend to neglect roof maintenance until a major problem shows up. Don’t be like some people! Attending to these issues late will only cost you more on repairs and replacement as well as compromise your home’s overall comfort. Once you notice signs of damage, immediately consult an expert roofer. The quicker the problems get fixed, the less you’ll spend on repairs.