Getting into the real estate market with a home purchase is becoming increasingly challenging with rising home costs, low inventory, and the prevalence of all-cash offers.
While low interest rates are enticing many buyers to enter the market, it’s becoming a buyer beware market and if you’re lucky enough to find an affordable house you like, you may feel the pressure to make an offer right away but looks can often be deceiving. Before you spend your life savings, go into debt, and take on the responsibilities of home ownership – carefully inspect the home even if it appears to be in good condition.
One of the most critical area to inspect, and have a home inspection on, is the roof of the house. So while a well-maintained roofs can last 30 years or more, a shoddy installation or poor-quality shingles and tiles can mean needing to replace a roof much sooner.
There are a number of questions you should be asking, and areas that require a visual inspection including how old the roof is, inspect the gutters to make sure the drainage systems are in good working order, and look for damage like leaks or dry rot (often caused by poor ventilation) that can cause sagging and crumbling of the roof structure. Your roof protects everything and everyone within your home or business and you want to be comfortable and safe from leaks. Since 1981, Century Roofing Limited has been and remains Calgary’s roofing and exterior/siding experts and as such, here are a few factors to consider to determine if the roof on the home you are considering purchasing is in good condition for now, needs some roof repair or if the house needs a roof replacement.
Ask about the roof age and if it was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof. There are also specific areas to visually examine. Check shingles for curling and buckling and missing granules. Look at the roof valleys, flashing, and that your eavestroughs are effectively moving rain and snow melt water away from your home. Finally check for leaks and any signs of moisture on you roof decking and insulation.
Before buying any home, get a home inspection and 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 guide you through the process, providing specific advice for your area.
Roof Inspections & Repair in Calgary
At Century Roofing Limited, we offer a comprehensive array of exterior repair services to siding, soffit and fascia, roof or eavestroughing, as well as new installations. To get answers to your roofing concerns, plan your next project, or get a free estimate, call Century Roofing Limited at 403-235-5457 today.