The Importance of Roof Inspections before Purchasing a Home

Buying a home is a big decision that can leave you with big – and expensive – problems, even with new builds, if you do not know what to look for. Remember to look at the building itself as much as you look at things like about the layout – especially the roof.

Why should you get the roof inspected?

A. Clark Roofing and Siding Lp. has over 70 years of roofing expertise in Alberta, and know that your roof is your home’s first defense against harsh weather. Missing, damaged or improperly installed shingles, eavestrough systems, soffit, fascia, flashing, or vents may seem like a minor problem but, if left unrepaired, they can lead to leaks, rot, and other serious damages. Before you make one of the biggest purchases of your life, make sure you’re (literally) covered. A roofing inspection service is done by professionals who determine the quality and integrity of the roof and analyze any potential issues in the roofing system.

With our years of roofing, here are some things you should look for when it comes to the roof of the home you are about to purchase and enjoy – including the assumption of any future problem.

Signs of moisture

Signs of moisture can include a moldy smell, flaky plaster, and watermarked walls or ceilings, suggesting a leaking roof or plumbing. Check that the roof gutters are not rusted on their inside edges and damage to the roofing material. Leaks may also indicate a more serious roofing concern, including rotting or insulation issues, and should be looked at by a professional to determine the underlying cause. Before you buy, it’s important to know if it just needs a quick fix or there’s a need for a whole new roof!

Roofing structure
Look for cracks or bowing in walls, ceilings, and gutter systems. Look up at the lines of the roof externally if possible to check if they are straight and level. If the property has a flat or nearly flat roof, check out the material with which it is sealed. This is important to determine the proper drainage of the roof. It’s also a good idea to check the attic for proper insulation and venting. 

Damaged roofing materials

Look at the materials to determine if anything looks worn out, rusted, or damaged. This includes shingles and fasteners, as well as the materials around vent pipes. 

Age of the roof

Roofs have a life expectancy of 15-25 years, depending on the materials. How long will it be before you need to replace it, and at what cost. Installation – Ensure the roofing system was properly installed, including any repairs or patches that may have been done, as well as regular maintenance to ensure the longevity of the roof. 

Geographical issues 

If you’re moving from another City, Province or even Country, be aware that the change in geography and climate can mean new things to keep an eye out for on your roof. For example, Alberta roofs are specifically prone to ice damming, or the formation of ice at your roof edge. For any new Calgarians, the drastic changes in temperature accompanied by the City’s infamous Chinooks can lead to condensation if there are any hidden roof concerns. 

Delicious smells, cozy fires, and fresh paint are all tricks sellers use to make their home more appealing, and disguise problems. Buying a house is a big step – turn on every faucet and light switch, open every window and door, flush the toilets, even taste the water. If you do like a property and you feel like you could make it your home, arrange another viewing for a different time of day, and scout out the local area a bit more. If you can, take somebody with you who might be able to notice things you don’t. If you’re in any doubt, it can also be a good idea to get a professional to give a detailed report, so you’re able to enjoy your new home with peace of mind. 

If you need a roof inspection before you buy, or are looking to replace or repair a current roof, call A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP at 780.465.7571 for a free quote – we’re the neighbor you can trust for your roofing and siding needs.

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