Buying a home is a significant investment, and as with any investment, doing some background research is wise. The integrity, or lack thereof, of the roof is one of the most important things homebuyers need to investigate before finalizing the purchase. They can call a Houston roofing company for an inspection and tips on roof maintenance; general home inspections do not always certify roof condition. Meanwhile, here are a few key things for new buyers to know about roofs.
First, how long a roof lasts mainly comes down to the material and the quality of the workmanship. Asphalt shingle roofing lasts 15 to 20 years. Signs that an asphalt roof is deteriorating include curling or split shingles and loose granules on the roof, in the gutter or in waterspouts. Clay roofs last more than 20 years, and the underlying waterproof layer tends to go bad before the tile on top does. Tiles that are cracked or broken are signs of a failing clay roof as is debris left on the roof for years. This hinders water flow, which leads to roof damage.
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Metal roofs last as long as 50 years, and some symptoms of a metal roof going bad include loose metal along the edges of the roof, broken pieces of metal from loose fastening, rusting and dull or missing coating. Foam roofs are relatively inexpensive upfront but typically last no more than 15 years. Discoloration, pooling water and holes are signs that a foam roof needs replacing.
To find out about workmanship, prospective homebuyers or new homeowners should ask the current or previous owners about who did the roofing job. Homeowners can research the roofing company and, if applicable, read online reviews of the business.
A quick inspection to check on roofing workmanship entails checking for plastic or rubber extensions near chimneys, vents and pipes. Roofs should also have tar around the seams. However, amateurs should never walk on clay or tile roofs as doing so can damage them. On a sunny day, prospective homebuyers should go into the attic and ensure that no sun is filtering through the roof. The presence of sunlight signifies leaks or holes.
A thorough inspection by a roofing expert before purchasing a home is one of several critical steps for laying a good foundation to responsible roof maintenance. New or prospective buyers should also see if the roof is under warranty because the roofing warranty might be transferable to them.