The roof of your home is one of the most important structural parts of the house. Whether buying a new home, maintaining the home or preparing your home for sale, the roof requires special attention. Keeping it in good shape with no leaks, loose shingles or overloaded gutters prolongs the life of the roof.
Roof Inspections at Time of Purchase
Prior to purchasing any home, it is important that the roof is inspected by a roofing professional. Prior to obtaining a mortgage, the mortgage company will require that the roof is found to be in good shape, generally with at least a 5-year life after purchase. Common issues found on pre-closing inspection are:
- Lack of roof repair leading to leakage from loose shingles
- Wind damage including shingle displacement
- Weak structure from prior damage
- Lack of roof maintenance
If the inspection finds that the roof needs to be repaired or replaced, you will need to negotiate this as part of the pre-purchase agreement or move on to another house.
A roof should last 15 – 25 years, depending on the quality of materials used. In order to reach the maximum years, it is vital to keep up with maintenance on the roof itself and other factors that impact the roof’s performance. Keeping the gutters and downspouts free of leaves and debris, guarding against excessive ice and ponding on the roof’s surface and trimming limbs that grow close to the house all lead to a longer life for your roof. It is important for to make roof repairs as soon as possible as prolonged damage can lead to extensive costs.
Preparing to Sell your House
When it is time to sell your house, it is best to know the good and bad for all of the home’s systems. This includes the roof. Having the roof inspected prior to listing or selling lets you know of any issues that you may have before closing. It gives you the opportunity to make smaller repairs ahead of time. A healthy inspection also gives you bargaining power when dealing with a potential buyer.
No matter how much preventive maintenance you do, there are times when you will have to have your roof repaired or replaced. In colder climates, keeping the clear of a heavy load of snow and ice can seem a daunting task. It can be tempting to make it a weekend job and have a family member or friend volunteer to help you. Before you do that though, keep in mind the function and importance of the roof and you will see that hiring a professional roofing contractor is the right way to go.
At TechPro Roofing, we do roof repairs, replacements, preventative maintenance and emergency leak repairs. Contact us at http://techproroofing.ca/contact/ or call 604-371-2505 if you’re located in the Lower Mainland.