Buying a Home in Edmonton? Don’t Forget to Inspect the Roof

With the global economy shrinking, more and more Canadians are considering home ownership as a means of saving as well as in an effort to get a return on investment for their hard earned savings. Consider Strathcona County, an energetic and thriving community in the heart of Alberta. Along with being a leader in the petroleum industry and a champion for its diverse agricultural business, investment in infrastructure, quality services, cultural and recreational programs and facilities has made it Canada’s most livable community.

With 60 years in the roofing industry, A. Clark Roofing and Siding LP has seen many a new home owner or investor be straddled with a huge expense from unseen damage from a failing roofing systems. A home inspection may catch the obvious, and a good home inspector even some of those hidden concerns, but the best tool you have are being able to touch, smell, and look for yourself. Looks can also be deceiving so ask plenty of questions, beginning with how old are the existing asphalt shingles. Cheap installation or poor-quality shingles and tiles can hasten the need to replace a roof much sooner also.

Missing, curling or buckling shingles may be seen from the ground, but it pays to get a roofer to do an inspection, either before you make the offer or during the contract phase of the negotiation, to know exactly what you are purchasing.

Roof valleys, chimney, and vent flashing help to prevent moisture from entering your attic through roof openings. If compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.

Inspect the gutters to make sure the drainage systems are in good working order and see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs have a tendency to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle.

Daylight through the roof boards is never a good sign. If your roofing system has failed to this degree you may also want to check for dry rot from heat or moisture in the insulation from snow and rain.

Having an old roof alone is not reason enough grounds for asking the seller to lower the price, but if the roof has not been maintained and repairs are necessary, you may have room to negotiate. Also, if the seller has already done a home inspection prior to putting the house on the market, ask to review it. A qualified real estate agent can provide specific advice and guide you through the process.

Call Your Edmonton Roofer

If you’re looking for your first or next home, or an investment property and are concerned about the roof, contact A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP in Edmonton to answer your questions or install an attractive roof that will hopefully last at 780-465-7571 today for a free quote.

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