When searching for a new home in Monroe or Wayne county one of the things potential home buyers tend to overlook is the age and functionality of the roof. Purchasing a home or place of business in Rochester NY is an expensive investment and overlooking issues with an old roof could wind up costing you thousands of dollars. Below is a detailed list of some of the things to be sure to inspect on the roof before buying a home.
First conduct a visual inspection of the roof to see if there are any obvious issues. Some obvious telltale signs you should watch out for are:
- Loose, missing, curled or buckled shingles
- Presence of moss, black streaking or rust spots near furnace pipes
- Excessive amounts of tar or roofing sealants
- Missing roof flashings or worn out rubber around bathroom pipe flashings
It is also important to check the gutters for roofing granules as this is a sign that the roof is worn out and is no longer protecting the interior of the home. Be sure to inspect the home’s interior ceilings and attic for signs of water leaks. If left untreated, a roof leak can lead to serious issues with mold, decreased value of your home’s insulation and structural damage. Some signs that a roof leak are present are:
- Water spots or daylight showing around or near chimneys, roof flashings, roof valleys and roof vents
- Water stains on ceilings
- Peeling of paint or discoloration on overhangs, soffits and fascias
- Water stains or mold on the underside of roof decking
Mold growing on the underside of the roof decking can also be a good indication of an inadequate roofing and attic ventilation. If you are planning on buying a home or you are just concerned with the condition of the roof on your current home, your best choice is to contact a reputable roofing contractor to perform a roof inspection. Ron Ferris and Son Roofing has been helping homeowner’s in the Rochester area replace and repair their roofs since 1979.
Over 35 years of roofing field experience and knowledge is what sets us apart from our competition and ensures you the highest chances of achieving a stress free home purchasing experience. We are Rochester NY’s residential roofing specialists. Our owner will inspect your roof and provide a detailed plan to replace or repair your existing roof. We are fully insured for roofing and provide free roofing estimates. Or complete devotion to customer satisfaction is what has earned us an A+ rating with the BBB,BCB and Angieslist customers. Call today and see how easy getting a new roof or repairing your existing roof can be at 585-288-0895.