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What to Look for in the Roof When Buying a Home

What to Look for in the Roof When Buying a Home

 

We all are aware that the roof is the most important part of a home. When it comes to buying your first house, a lot of homebuyers seem to ignore the state of the roof, unless it’s in extreme distress. However, the roof should be one of the top priority on your checklist when you’re on the hunt for your dream house.

 

Look for Breaks and Leaks

Roof leaks play a major role in damaging the floors and structure of a house. They do not last for more than a torment but bring a lot problems and distress for the occupant. Leaking destroys your furniture, and can totally destroy the paint and the walls as well. Once the leaking starts, it is very difficult to locate the source of the leak, which is can be very frustrating. The leak is not always where it seems. Leaks mostly happens in chimneys, valleys, plumbing vents, or also when it rains heavily. You have to hire a professional to find a leak and remove it for you. So make sure to check the rooftop for leak points before buying it. You may even need to investigate the valleys and smoke chimneys. Even rooftop creases have leaks. Be sure to check out all these places as well.

 

Mould on the Roof

Mould is a fungus that comes in different colors e.g. green, white or black. While a few molds are noticeable as they are severe and rotten, some are hidden and can’t be easily seen. Mould can form between walls, under floors and roofs or in less visible areas. Mould does best in water-drenched materials such as roofs having water pipes and gutter systems all around the house. Moulds can contaminate the walls and the paint of the house. The primary reasons for mold developing is poor ventilation system and water leakage and it happens more in temperate climate.

One of the fundamental reasons behind a mouldy rooftop is a direct result of water leakage from the roof. People see the mould, get it fixed and often overlook the source that made it happen. Mould returns back on the same spot if the source of leak isn’t fixed. The water puddles and spreads in the house taking in the rugs and the drywall starts to absorb it. The water can also gather inside the walls, which bring forth various issues later on and causes more destruction. Mould on the rooftop is not good for your home. It doesn’t only affect the look but also causes offensive odor that can make it difficult to live. In addition to this, there are health risks as well. Smaller gaps, particularly in rooftops, require inspection for leakage and mold. Many home experts use an infrared camera to do the job. Look for professional roofer if you notice any traces mould so that you can get rid of it before you move to your new house.

 

Check the Rooftop Downspouts

Do a quick check to all rooftop downpipes releasing into storm water wells and not right onto the ground. You should check for any possibilities of past flooding or excessive water flowing around the rooftop downspouts because this can mean that the soak wells are not right sizes or require a cleaning process, can be very expensive. It is very important to be careful when purchasing a house. You should ideally hire a professional to check the home and give you a feedback. In addition to this, repairs should be completed before you move to your new house to avoid problems.

If you are buying a new home ensure that as part of your building survey that the roof is inspected thoroughly. If you have any more questions about our roofing services please get in touch or fill in our contact form.