Commercial RoofingGeneral RoofingWhat Kind of Roof Should You Look for When Buying a New Home?

January 5, 2022by American Roofing

The new homeowner’s guide to an existing roof

When buying a new home, you’ll want to take into account the existing roof on it. While aesthetics may be important, the integrity of the roof is what matters most. You’re going to need to know how much you plan on spending for existing damage, a proper inspection and a completely new roof if necessary. The roof is one of the most expensive features of a home so make sure to give it a good look before purchasing. Here are a few things to ask yourself:


How Old is the Existing Roof?

The very first thing you should do while buying a new home is to check its roof. To investigate, just stand at a distance and look for a number of things. One of the most important things to look for in a roof is to check if it’s mold and leak free. You should also look out for worn-out spots and see if any shingles are missing, a worn roof is an indicator of leaks and future damage. If you see such deformities in the roof, that’s your tell-tale sign that the existing roof is pretty old. While there’s nothing wrong with an older roof, it’s crucial to make sure it hasn’t been severely damaged in any way.


Does It Have a Good Ventilation System?

While the house you’re thinking of buying may have a shiny new rooftop on it, if it doesn’t have an appropriate ventilation mechanism then it’s not so shiny after all. A good ventilation system is one that lets sunlight and air come in; these two things should never be neglected when purchasing a new home. A poor ventilation system can cause a number of problems. Not only will it add to the cost by causing more problems, but will help in the formation of mold.


Is There Any Existing Damage?

Whether it be a roof leak or issues in a ventilation system, be on the lookout for problems on the roof of a new home. Better yet, contact a professional like American Roofing & Waterproofing to notice them for you by scheduling an inspection. Common roof issues like rooftop leaks play a vital role in damaging the floors and structure of a house. Leaking can harm your furniture and can destroy the paint and the walls of your new home. Once the leaking begins, it is very difficult to track the source of the leak, which can be frustrating and costly. Identifying roof damage like broken or loose shingles, leaks, mold, rats or poor ventilation before purchasing a home can save you time and money.


If you’re in the market for a new roof on your new home, American Roofing & Waterproofing is here to help every step of the way. Have questions about your roof? Feel free to contact us with questions about your roofing experience. We go over the top!


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