What to Look for in the Roof When You’re Buying a Brand-New Home

If you’re going to be buying a brand-new home it’s very important that you feel like you’re getting a great deal. You want to make sure that the roof over your house is going to be extremely sturdy. Is your roofing systems are some of the most expensive features on your home, it’s very important that a roofing inspection is included as part of your whole home inspection before you make a purchase decision. Here are some of the most important factors with a roof that you should look after before you buy or sell a home:


Learning how old your rooftop materials are:

The first thing that you should look into is roughly how old your roofing materials are. Older roofing materials may require replacement fairly early on into you owning your brand-new home. Standing at a distance and checking to make sure that the roofing materials are mold free without curling edges or bulges is important. If there’s any worn-out spots or shingles missing, there’s a good chance that you have to do some work immediately on your roof.


Various deformities in the roof can suggest that it’s been quite some time before it said maintenance done or any repairs. Asking the current homeowner about the last time that they got roofing repairs done or when the roofing materials were installed can give you a great idea on whether or not it could be time to make replacements. Most roofing materials will commonly last for around 15 to 20 years at maximum.


Check the ventilation:

Have a roofing inspector checked the ventilation system to make sure that your roofing has appropriate sunlight and air coming into it. Poor ventilation systems with your roof can lead to temperature spikes throughout your home. Without the proper ventilation inside your house you can also experience rater formation with mold and a series of other problems down the road.



The drainage pipes that run along your roof such as your gutters are very important to maintaining the condition of your roof. If the gutters are flashing seemed to be out of place, this can lead to water pooling which can often lead to mold. The full system of downspouts, gutters and drainage pipes need to be properly judged. Without checking into these systems you could have your entire roofing structure fall victim to a series of effects like water pooling, problems with your foundation and problems with shingles peeling away.


Check for leaks:

Leaks are common place in aging roof structures. If a roof has not received an inspection in some time, this can often lead to distraction of paint along the walls, mold and other leaks that can affect the rest of your home. Leaking generally occurs in areas where there are deep valleys in your roof or throughout plumbing vents. Make sure that your roof has been properly inspected for leak points before you make a purchase. Any rooftop crease could have a leak.


Mold in your roof:

Mold can take on many different colors including green, black, white and more. A number of molds can be quite noticeable and they can form between the walls, under the floors and even under roofing tiles. Mold can often be found in water drenched materials and when it’s on the rooftop of your home you can often affect the overall look as well as cause odors and leaks inside your home.


Checking downspouts:

Any rooftop downspouts need to be properly releasing water into your storm water wells to prevent flooding out your foundation. Searching for evidence of past flooding or even broken downspouts could help to save your home in the future and prevent serious trouble with your downspouts too.

This post was written by Reggie Reed! Reggie is the owner of Reggie Reed Roofing, a Clearwater roofing company. They offer a wide variety of roofing services for Residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches and more. Reggie Reed Jr is a state certified roofing contractor. Reggie holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he played collegiate basketball. Reggie enjoys dedicating his spare time to helping underprivileged youth in his community and traveling with his family and friends.




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