Roofing Guide for First Time Home Buyers
Buying a house can be extremely overwhelming. There are so many details to consider, from your space needs to location, appearance, amenities, and more. However, despite all of this careful decision-making, many homebuyers tend to overlook a critical aspect of their future home: the roof.
As your local, go-to roofing contractor, PRQ Exteriors takes pride in helping out our customers at every step of their roofing journey. In this blog post, our professional roofing staff has compiled a guide for first-time homebuyers to know what to look out for when it comes to roof inspections, roofing materials, property conditions, and more!
What Should New Homebuyers Look For in a Roof?
Your roof protects you, your family, and your belongings from the elements. A great roofing system can save you thousands of dollars in electricity by efficiently reflecting heat away, among many other benefits. It also impacts your homeâ€™s visual appeal through its style and condition. Suffice it to say that roofing is a key element in your homeâ€™s upkeep, and it pays to notice the state of a roof when looking at houses as a prospective buyer.
With that in mind, here are some of the things that we recommend home buyers look out for when purchasing a property:
Type of Roofing Material
One of the single most important considerations when considering roofing is to think about its material. There are tons of different materials for roofing systems on the market, making it difficult to determine which materials are desirable in a home.
Shingles, Tile, Metal, etc.
- Asphalt shingles
Asphalt shingles are by far the most common roofing material in America and for good reason. Theyâ€™re quite inexpensive, highly durable for the price point, and simple to install. They are also produced in a variety of colors, making them customizable to your home!
Concrete or clay tile roofing is an attractive option that is great at reflecting heat, making it preferable in sunnier regions. It is relatively durable and can last a long time if properly maintained. However, they are much more prone to chipping and shattering than other roofing materials, so they may not be suitable in areas that experience heavy storms.
Metal is another excellent, durable option for roofing, and it comes in a variety of styles. Metal roofs are typically cheaper than other materials and can have great longevity if properly cared for.
Additionally, different roofing materials can offer different aesthetic appeals. Shingles are a safe, neutral bet, while terracotta tiling can lend a more southwestern vibe to your home. Metal roofing can often look very sleek and modern, though the material is incredibly versatile and can be made to fit the aesthetics of almost any property.
Overall Roofing Condition
In addition to the particulars of a roofâ€™s material, itâ€™s incredibly important for prospective homebuyers to be cognizant of the overall condition of the propertyâ€™s roofing. A home can be great in terms of location, space, and visual appeal, but you may not want to commit if you know youâ€™re in for woes about potential leaks, water damage, and exorbitant roofing replacement costs. A new roof is a significant investment and being caught off guard with this project can be a real headache!
Itâ€™s best to consult a professional roofer and get a full home inspection before signing off on a property.
How Old is Your Home’s Roof?
While the lifetime of a roof can vary wildly depending on the material (and how well it was installed), itâ€™s always good to know how long it has been since the roof was initially installed. As a rule of thumb, you can bet that if the roof was installed in the last 15 years, you could expect to have a few years without any major issues beyond the occasional repair.
Here are some general guidelines for roofing longevity based on material:
(As previously stated, these longevity numbers can vary based on numerous factors.)
- Wooden shingling (shakes): 20-30 years
- Asphalt shingles: 25-30 years
- Composite shingles: 40-50 years
- Rubber roofing: 30-50 years
- Metal roofing: 50-70 years
- Slate: up to 100 years
When Was the Last Time the Roof was Worked On?
Similarly, a roof that has undergone limited maintenance is much more likely to need major repairs or a complete replacement than a roof that has had some work done to keep it in tip-top shape. Be wary of any roofing that hasnâ€™t been inspected for a long time â€“ itâ€™s quite likely that you could move into the property and encounter a myriad of costly issues that were ignored by the previous owners, like leaks and water damage.
Is The Roof Under Warranty?
Warranties can be another thing to look out for, as having a warranty on an old roof can save you some money if it turns out that your roofing system does not work properly. Most roofing warranties only cover issues with installation or product failure, so, unfortunately, you probably wonâ€™t be able to get a replacement if a storm hits and destroys your roof. Still, it can be comforting to know that any issues with installation will be taken care of at free or reduced cost, even if the issue is discovered later on down the line!
While what weâ€™ve covered already may be obvious to some, here are a few additional considerations to note while assessing a new propertyâ€™s roofing.
Trees and Other Potential Debris on the Property
If youâ€™re worried about the sanctity of your roofing and you live in an area that experiences heavy storms, itâ€™s definitely important to keep an eye out for features on the property that could cause potential roof damage. This can include poorly maintained trees with low-hanging branches that could crash into your roof under high-speed winds!
Attic Inspections to Identify Possible Water Damage
Though superficial external damage to your roof, like shattered shingles, can tip you off to potential issues, the most reliable way to determine if your roofing system does its job is to do a thorough attic inspection to find signs of water damage or leaks. Depending on how extensive the damage is, consider how much you are willing to pay for repairs on your new home.
Roofer’s Checklist: After You Move Into a New Home
So youâ€™ve made the decision to purchase a new home, and youâ€™re ready to move in. Congrats!
While you may have already thoroughly considered the condition of the roof before buying it, now is the perfect time for you to do a thorough check of your roof to make sure youâ€™re not blindsided by any potential issues down the road.
Budgeting for Roof Repairs and Maintenance
No matter what condition your roofing was in when you purchased the home, roofing maintenance is a necessity as a new homeowner, and you may need to be making repairs that have been neglected for many years by the previous homeowners. For this reason, it can be incredibly helpful to set out a precise budget for roofing maintenance to keep your expenses in line and to keep you on track to achieve your goals.
Get Homeowner’s Insurance in Order
What roofing warranties wonâ€™t cover, homeownerâ€™s insurance will. In the event of unexpected extreme weather, many homeowners find themselves facing extensive damage to their roof that they donâ€™t even know how to pay for. Insurance can help! Homeownerâ€™s insurance is a necessity for any homeowner, especially when living in regions that experience any sort of weather that could do damage to their roof.
Lastly, Find a Trusted and Professional Roofer
Simply planning out all of your big roofing projects is one thing, but when it comes to actually getting it done, itâ€™s critical that you reach out to a roofing professional that really knows what theyâ€™re doing. After all, workmanship can make the difference between a roof that lasts about 10 years before falling apart and a roof that can live out a full lifespan with no issues!
PRQ Brings Top-Rated Residential Roofing Services
When looking for roofing companies in Colorado, look no further than PRQ Exteriors. Our contractors are certified professionals with many years of experience and countless positive customer reviews! You can trust us to do a great job at a fair price that will keep your home beautiful and protected from the elements for many years to come.
PRQ Exteriors sets the standard for roofing companies in the Denver area by providing quality roofing services and excellent customer service built on great communication. Since 2014, homeowners and business owners in Denver turn to us for trusted, professional roof repairs, replacement, and storm restoration. Use the form below to schedule a free roofing evaluation today.