Checklist for Your New Home’s Roof

Choosing a roof for your new homeBuying a new home is an exciting time. It’s also one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll ever make in your lifetime. This is why you’ll want to have a Clearwater roofing contractor look at the home’s roof before you sign any contracts. After all, while having a solid roof is important, not everyone knows what they should look for here. Having a pair of trained, professional eyes give it a good, solid, once over will give you peace of mind in knowing you won’t need a new roof in the near future.

What a Clearwater Roofing Contractor Will Look For

Your contractor already knows what to look for when he looks at the roof of your new home. Armed with his checklist, he’ll make sure that the roof is in good condition because he understands that replacing, or even just repairing, your roof, later on, is actually quite expensive. Although these are things you can look for yourself, it’s a good idea to have a pair of trained, professional eyes look at these things too – once you think you’ve found the home of your dreams.

Some of the different things you want to make sure to include on your roofing checklist are:

  • Make sure that the roof is properly vented. This will give you a lot of information about how good of shape the home is in, regardless of how old or new the home’s roof itself is. If the roof isn’t properly ventilated, you’ll probably have issues in the future. This is because air and light can’t properly circulate freely around your roof. When this happens, water and mold can easily get into your home. Once there, they’re difficult and costly to remove.
  • Ask about the roof’s age, who installed it, and whether there’s a warranty that will transfer to you when you buy the home. Keep in mind that older roofs will eventually need costly repairs. Hopefully, this doesn’t happen too soon though.
  • Signs of leaks, water damage, missing or damaged shingles, and mold shouldn’t exist.

Even if you don’t feel you can check the roof yourself, there are still some things you can look at before hiring a roofing contractor. These are relatively simple things like making sure the roof doesn’t sag, the shingles don’t curl, there aren’t any missing shingles. Since these are all things you can do from the ground, without a ladder, you can easily narrow down your home selection by taking the time to just walk around the perimeter of the home.

Once you hire a Clearwater roofing contractor to inspect the roof, he’ll grab a ladder and get up on top of the roof to tell you if he finds anything that your ground surveillance missed. This is because he can easily access your roof. He’ll also want to get up into the home’s attic (if one exists) so he can look for any signs of water penetration there as well. When a well-known, highly trusted roofing contractor says that anything is wrong with your roof, make sure to ask him for an estimate of its costs so you can try negotiating for a better deal on the home if you still really want to buy it.

Whether you’re buying a new home or you already own a home whose roof you’re questioning, you need to talk to a roofing contractor. Of course, you don’t want to simply trust any company who says they can help fix your home’s roof. Instead, you need a company with over 20+ years of experience and dedication in your community. This is why you should contact us at Done Rite Roofing today.