Spotting Roof Repairs
Purchasing a home is easily the most expensive purchase many adults will make in their lifetime. When homeowners purchase homes they often drain their savings accounts, and tie up much of their income on mortgage payments. With budgets stretched thin it can be difficult to afford unforeseen home repairs. A roof repair is one of the most expensive home improvements a homeowner may encounter. There are ways to minimize this likelihood however.
• Pay for a building survey by a professional
• Learn common roof issues and how to spot them
• Use binoculars from a distance to observe roof
• View roof when no agent is present; agents will distract you from studying a roof in poor condition
• Check nearby roofs for their condition – they have experienced the same weather
• Perform external inspections
External inspections are crucial to determining if you may need a roof repair. The following inspections are most important.
The Ridge – The ridge is the very top of the roof where the apex is formed. The tiles that form this spine should be straight and slightly upturned at the end. When inspecting the ridge be sure to look for missing cement, unevenness, and missing tiles. Missing tiles indicate the roof may have had previous repairs.
The Verge – The verge is the side of the roof where it meets side of the building. It should be smooth. Upon inspection you should look for missing mortar, cracks, and exposed woodwork.
General Surface – The general surface of the roof should also be inspected. Homeowners should look for missing tiles, crooked tiles, sagging on the surface, and cracks. You should also inspect the nearby area for trees or other structures that could present an issue to the roof.
Spotting a potential roof repair before purchasing a home can save you a lot of time, stress, and money. If you are purchasing a home, it never hurts to have an experienced roofer perform an external inspection of the condition of the roof before buying. The above tips will help increase your chances of spotting a roof repair before purchasing a home.
Who to Call
The roofing specialists at Crown are here to help you with all of your roofing needs. We handle all types of roofing systems including tile, shingle, metal and flat low slope roofing. There is no job that is too small and no task that is too big. Crown has offices in Central, South and Southwest Florida. Call us today for a free estimate.