If you are thinking about buying a home, then you probably know that at some point in the process you will need to have an inspection of your prospective purchase. Unfortunately, this inspection often takes place after you’ve already fallen in love with a house. Big problems found during the inspection can then lead to big disappointments if the seller can’t or won’t make repairs.
One way to avoid this potential heartache is to perform your own mini-inspection of the house. Knowledge of what may need to be replaced and how much it will cost to replace it will allow you to make a better more informed offer and avoid unpleasant surprises. The following infographic contains information prepared by the experts at Severe Weather Roofing and Restoration. With this information, you can take a closer look at the roof of your dream house and make sure that you get the house you love with a roof that will last.
As you approach the home you are thinking about purchasing, look for the Severe Weather’s infographic enemies of you roof. Seeing damage caused by these factors is a sign that the roof of this particular house may be suffering from neglect. Look for dark spots that indicate moisture or moss growth and torn shingles indicating wind damage. Are there trees overhanging the roof? Shade over your home is nice, but fallen tree branches can be a major expense. Branches near the home should be trimmed and any dead branches removed.
When you walk around the home, take a look at the downspouts at the base of the gutters. If you see granules from the roof’s shingles that is a sign that they have reached the end of their useful life and the roof needs to be replaced. From the outside you can also examine the gutters to see if they are well attached to the home.
Taking care of an older roof is a task that is sometimes overlooked. If your dream home needs a new roof it isn’t the end of the world and may actually be a good investment in the long run. Just make sure that the price you pay for your new home makes it a good investment too.
In the infographic below, John Anderson of Severe Weather Roofing and Restoration in Loveland CO, helps you easily understand the most important aspects of your roof.