Buying a new home is one of the most confusing endeavors. You may have been warned of subtle disturbances in a roof, for instance, though you are not quite sure how to identify them before placing your bid. Here are five things to consider when eyeing a prospective home.
Even if a roof looks immaculate from the ground, note the quality of the ventilation system in a house to see if the beauty will last. Effective ventilation allows ample air and light to circulate through all areas of a residence, preventing moisture build-up and corresponding problems.
Sometimes age jumps out at you—misshapen corners, missing shingles or other malformations are strong indicators that a roof is nearing the end of its life. When in doubt, ask the home seller about the last time their roof was replaced so you can anticipate upcoming issues.
Mold grows wherever moisture collects and displays in varying colors. That is if it’s not hidden in the nooks and crannies of a roof. Be diligent in searching for such fungus before purchasing a home, as it is tricky to remove, lead to wear and tear of a rooftop and interfere with air quality.
The purpose of a roof is to protect the home from outside elements such as precipitation and pesky critters. When a housetop is riddled with leaks and cracks, the rest of the home is compromised. Be sure a roof is solid before you commit to living under it.
Inspect downspouts and gutters thoroughly to make sure the house has an effective drainage system. The effectiveness and quality of a drainage system predict how long a roof lasts. It also gives undeniable evidence—such as collected shingle grains—about when a roof is already on its way out.
There is no need to feel intimidated by the process of inspecting a new roof. Ask the right questions and eventually, you will find the right answers in a home that’s right for you.