Buying your first home is an exciting adventure. There’s a lot to consider when searching for the perfect space, from scouring the many architectural styles and layouts to negotiating a purchase price. In the midst of the excitement, it can be tempting to overlook the bones of a home in lieu of more aesthetic elements, especially when the real estate market is tight and competition for the perfect home is fierce.
However, any good team of residential roofing contractors will tell you that’s a definite no-no. Just because a home “checks all the boxes” doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for you. If there’s one thing you can’t afford to overlook when buying a new home, it’s the roof. That’s why Shamrock Roofing and Construction offers a free roof inspection for new homeowners.
Don’t let your dream home turn into a nightmare! Consider these common residential roofing problems before you buy.
Each roof comes with an estimated lifespan. A roof’s longevity is usually based on the type and age of existing roofing materials, as well as how well the roof has been maintained to date. Roofing materials like metal and clay have a longer life expectancy than your typical asphalt shingle. You’ll want to consider all this during the buying process.
After a free roof inspection, Tulsa roofers can often tell you how much longer it will be before your roof requires replacement. That’s good information to have when you make your purchase offer!
Ventilation is designed to keep your roof dry and temperature-controlled. When vents are improperly installed or spaced too closely together, air can’t move as needed. This can lead to excess moisture and mildew, which ultimately reduces your roof’s lifespan. It can also drive up utility costs for the homeowner. This is another factor to consider when determining how much to pay for the home. Regardless, having a team of residential roofing contractors inspect the venting system before move-in is a smart step.
Roof flashing is not visible to most people from ground level. It’s installed under your roof’s shingles and plays a vital important role in directing water to your home’s drainage system (aka guttering). However, the water-resistant seal used to attach flashing is susceptible to erosion over time, and metal flashing sometimes gets bent or punctured. These conditions make the roof more vulnerable to leaks. Our Tulsa roofers always check the condition of the flashing during a free roof inspection, so make sure to get this info before moving forward!
Speaking of drainage systems…many Tulsa homes have gutters installed along the home’s fascia. While these elements are designed to help with water damage control, poorly installed or maintained gutters can create problems. Ask your roofer to check for signs of neglect or shoddy installation during the inspection process. And beware of a poorly maintained drainage system!
There’s no doubt that purchasing a new home is fun and exciting, but you shouldn’t skimp when it comes to the inspection process. At Shamrock Roofing and Construction, our team of Tulsa roofers is ready to help. With over 40 years of roofing expertise, we’ll help you determine if your new home’s roof is an asset or a liability. Contact us to schedule your free roof inspection today!