If you are in the market for a new home, you have to make sure that it has a sound roof. Here are the questions about roofing that you should ask the realtor or the house’s current owner before buying it.
How old is the roof: There are many reasons why you, as a home buyer, should know the age of the roof. The more years the roof has left on its expected lifespan, the longer time you and your family can enjoy your new home without worrying about roof replacement. The current owner should still have paperwork that proves when the roof was installed. If the roof is still within warranty, ask if the warranty is transferable.
Is the attic properly ventilated: Attic ventilation is needed in all manner of roofing with an attic, whether they’re metal or asphalt shingle roofs. A properly ventilated attic is not as vulnerable to the problems caused by trapped heat and humidity in the attic, such as overheating, damage to the framing and mold growth. If you have the option to climb into the attic, the temperature inside should be more or less same as the outdoors. Check if there are vents at the roof ridges and soffits. Solar or electrical exhaust fans are a good thing to have on large roofs.
Does the roof have drainage issues: Drainage issues pertain to gutter problems. Overflowing gutters can cause damage to the house foundations if the water collects near the foundation slabs. It can also cause damage to the roof if the water gets into the decking through the roof edge. If you have the opportunity to inspect the roof, make it a point to check the condition of the gutters. Keep an eye out for signs of damage or neglect. A gutter protection system is a plus as it indicates the homeowner is willing to invest in proper gutter care. It can also help make future gutter maintenance easier if you end up buying the house.