Buying a new home often takes years of careful saving and planning, and the process of purchasing a house can sometimes be equal parts exciting and frustrating. Finding your dream home typically requires significant amounts of research and due diligence, including a bewildering array of inspections. While it’s easy to focus on essentials like plumbing and HVAC, roofing is just as critical.
While an experienced roofing contractor will take care of the details for you, you should still know what to expect. Keep reading to learn why roofing inspections are critical for homebuyers and how one can help you save money and enjoy your new home worry-free.
Can You Do It Yourself?
Buying a new home is an expensive process, so you may be tempted to try to save a few dollars, but your roof inspection is one area where you shouldn’t pinch pennies. Instead, you can perform a quick preinspection on your own when you visit a house. You should conduct this do-it-yourself review from the ground, which may help you spot severe or glaring problems.
As you walk around a house, look for roof areas that appear discolored or visibly damaged. Peeling shingles can sometimes be an indication of underlying moisture damage. Likewise, algae or other growth on a roof usually means that water is pooling below the shingles. Some problems, such as shingles curling away from the roof, can signal attic ventilation issues.
You can use your quick inspection to help you to decide whether to keep a home on your shortlist. Since roof replacement is expensive, you may decide to move on from a house in need of severe repairs. If the roof looks to generally be in good shape, however, you’ll still want a professional inspection before finalizing your purchase.
What Does a Professional Contractor Offer?
Most home purchases involve using a home inspector or, in some cases, a general contractor. These individuals perform an inspection of most aspects of the home, including the roof. If you notice issues during your pre-check, you can point them out to your inspector. Unfortunately, inspectors are generalists and may not be able to provide you with detailed information on the roof’s condition.
Hiring an experienced, licensed roofing contractor for a comprehensive inspection can help you find problems and estimate the roof’s remaining lifespan. Your contractor will examine the roof from above, but they will also check it from below using the attic. This process will help them find damaged or worn shingles and note any roof deck issues or ventilation issues.
Since your contractor will also have experience repairing and replacing roofs, they will provide you with a better estimate of the costs to correct any issues. Even if the home does not need repairs, their evaluation will help you to understand how long the roof may last. Replacing a roof can sometimes cost upwards of five figures, so this information can help you better understand your ownership costs.
How Can You Choose a Roofing Contractor for Your Inspection?
Before choosing a contractor for your inspection, always do your homework on local licensing and certification requirements. Ensure that any contractor you select meets these requirements. This due diligence may be especially crucial if your inspection will be a part of a contingency clause in your purchasing contract.
Working with a qualified roofing contractor to inspect your home guarantees that you’ll avoid expensive surprises and is also a great way to build a relationship with a contractor to help you repair and maintain the roof in your new home once you finalize your purchase.
Coleman Roofing LLC is here to help you with all of your roof inspection needs. We can provide a thorough examination of your new home’s roof to give you peace of mind and allow you to complete your purchase with confidence. Give us a call today to schedule your inspection!