Buying a new home is by far the biggest decision you will ever make in your life.
As a buyer, you understand the importance of ensuring that your new dream home is in a nice neighborhood and has a strong foundation, proper electrical wiring, and quality plumbing—but what about the roof health?
Homebuyers often overlook the condition of their new home’s roof, which is surprising given how important roofing is in safeguarding a home and how expensive a new roof can be.
Self-Inspect the Roof
When you are house hunting, you can get a sense of the roof’s condition.
Check the roof for missing or cracked/torn shingles, wood rot, sagging, and green moss. Take a quick look at the condition of the gutters as well.
When you can see serious roof defects from the ground, you know that major repairs will be necessary in the near future.
If you know you will not be able to afford your new home with accompanying roof repairs and replacement, you will know right away that this home may not be for you.
You should be aware that the homes you are considering for purchase will almost certainly have roofs that have seen better days. Unless a house has just been built, it is unlikely that it will have a new roof.
So, your goal is to determine where this particular roof is in its serviceable life. In other words, how old is it and how long before costly repairs or a whole roof replacement are required?
In Monterey County, a typical asphalt shingle roof can last about 20 years. However, this can vary based on the climate and weather conditions of where you live. Higher-quality asphalt shingles are warrantied for up to 50 years. Expect to pay more for a premium, long-life product.
Professional Roof Inspection
A more detailed assessment of the roof’s condition can be done by requesting a roof inspection from a professional roofing contractor like Premo Roofing Company.
A professional roof inspector will access your roof for an in-person assessment as well as examine the attic to thoroughly inspect the interior of the roof.
Here are some of the things that a professional roof inspector can do for you:
- Report any roof movement.
- Report the condition of the roof, roofing shingles, flashing, ridges, drip edges, and caps.
- Report the performance of the drains, gutters, and downspouts.
- Estimate the remaining life of the roof.
- Determine whether any repairs (major or minor) are required.
- Determine if the existing manufacturer’s warranty is still valid and transferable to you.
- Verify that regular maintenance and major repairs were done in line with the workmanship and materials warranties.
We understand that you will want to save your hard-earned dollars when you are already about to spend a fortune on a new home, so you may be wondering if a professional roof inspection is worth it.
Having said that, hiring a skilled roofing contractor is a small expense compared to the prohibitively expensive roofing repairs that can occur at the worst possible time.
When you work with a certified and licensed roofing contractor, you can be confident that there will be no roof-related surprises when you move into your new dream home.
If you are looking for a professional roofing contractor in Salinas, Monterey, San Benito or Santa Cruz County to examine your new home’s roof health, reach out to Premo Roofing.
Please feel free to contact us online or give us a call at 831-443-3605 for a free roof evaluation.