If you’re going through the long, nerve-racking, and costly process of purchasing a new home, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is whether your new home has a good roof or not. Although you most likely have no way of knowing everything a roof has been through, who installed it, or all of the damage that could be present, there are still a few things you should keep a look out for to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth and not investing in a home with a roof that could give out at any moment.

Weather Damage

There’s no doubt that weather can be unpredictable, and when it comes to inspecting a home that you’re thinking of buying, you’ll want to do everything you can to inspect it for damage. If you’re doing a home walkthrough, make sure to ask about the roof on the way in and see if it’s okay to inspect it a little before getting involved with the rest of the home.

Shingles: Inspect the home for cracked or missing shingles. Shingles are the protective barrier between the elements and your home. Having intact shingles is important if you want to avoid damage to your home, preventing hazards to your safety and costly repairs.  Shingles can also start to curl; search for this as well.

Moss: A layer of moss on a roof doesn’t necessarily mean it’s damaged, but it could be a sign that it’s endured some heavy weather conditions. Moss can absorb water and hold it on your roof adding weight and potentially damaging it.

Dirty gutters: Gutters are supposed to transport water away from the roof, preventing damage. However, if gutters get gunked up, water may flow out of it, back onto your roof. Even a small amount of debris can trap leaves and dirt that will just continue to build up, contributing to future problems.

You can also try looking within the home for water damage that may lead to leaks that would require repairs.

How to deal with a damaged roof

If the home you’re interested in has a damaged roof, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t buy it. In many cases, the seller may be responsible for repairing the roof before it’s sold, or the roof may not be in a serious enough condition to justify avoiding it all together. If you’re further along in the buying process, it may be more difficult to expect the seller to pay for it, however, if it’s your first time viewing the home, there’s no shame in asking whether repairs will be done to the roof before it’s sold.

If you’re debating whether or not to buy a home due to its roof’s condition, call your Top Rated Local® Roofing Contractors at Houser Roofing in South Texas. We’ll provide you with our expert opinion on the home of your interest and we’ll be here for you if you need roof repairs in your new home. Contact us today to learn more.