The Importance of Roof Inspections before Purchasing a Home

If you don’t know what to look out for, buying a home can be a major decision. Be sure to consider the structure of the home and the layout, especially the roof.

Why should you have your roof inspected?

A. Clark Roofing and Siding Lp. A. Clark Roofing and Siding Lp. has more than 65 years of experience in roofing Alberta. We know that your roof is the first line defense against severe weather. Although it may seem like a small problem, missing, damaged, or improperly installed roof shingles, fascia and flashing can cause serious damage if they aren’t fixed. Make sure you have the right insurance before making the largest purchase of your life. Professionals perform a roof inspection in Edmonton to determine the quality and integrity and identify any issues with the roof.

These are the things we have learned over the years about roofing.

Signs and moisture

You may notice signs of moisture such as a moldy odor, flaky plaster and watermarks on walls or ceilings. This could indicate a leaky roof or plumbing. Ensure that your roof gutters do not have rust on the inside and any damage to the roofing material. A professional should inspect your roof for any leaks or other signs of a serious roofing problem. It’s important to determine if the roof needs to be replaced or if it can be fixed quickly.

Roofing structure

Check for cracks and bowing in walls, ceilings, or gutter systems. If possible, look at the roof’s lines from the outside to ensure straight. Check the sealant used if the roof is flat or almost flat. This will help determine the drainage of the roof. You should also inspect the attic to ensure proper insulation and venting.

Broken roofing materials

Take a look at the materials and determine if any are worn, rusted or damaged. This includes fasteners and shingles, as well the materials surrounding vent pipes.

Age of roof

Roofs can last between 15-25 years depending on what materials they are made of. What is your roof’s expected lifespan before it needs to be replaced? Installation: Ensure that the roofing system has been properly installed. This includes any patches or repairs. Regular maintenance is also necessary to maintain the roof’s longevity.

Geographical issues

Moving from another city, province, or country can bring new challenges to your roof. Alberta roofs are more susceptible to ice damming. This is when ice forms at the roof edges. If there are hidden roof issues, the sudden temperature changes and City’s Chinooks can cause condensation.

Sellers use a variety of tricks to disguise their problems, such as cozy fires and delicious smells. It is a huge step to buy a house. You will need to turn on every light and faucet, open every door and window, flush the toilets and taste the water. If you like the property and feel you can make it your own, schedule another viewing at a different time and explore the area. Take someone with you if you are able. They might be able see things that you may not. It’s a good idea if you are unsure to ask a professional for a detailed report to enjoy your new home with confidence.

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