As a new home buyer you have probably already paid a home inspector for an inspection and your home has passed the test. You sit back in your chair in the living room and then all of a sudden notice a small drip coming from the ceiling. This drip is followed by a second one and then another. You grab a bowl and then the panic sets in. What do you do? How could this be happening when the roof was inspected?
A Quick Word about Home Inspections
While the example above is extreme, a home inspector can give you a general idea of how your roof is doing but may overlook something that’s not obvious. For example, the roof doesn’t need a gaping hole in it for it to leak.
In order to get a better idea of the roofing condition you should find out everything you can before making a home purchase. A new roof can cost thousands and thousands of dollars to replace and it is your home’s front-line against the elements.
When Was the Roof Installed?
Ask the previous homeowner if he knows how old the roof is. Quite often he’ll have a general idea of its age but will not know the exact year it was installed. Find out if there is any paperwork available or other records showing the age of the roof. This will let you know whether the roof will need replacing soon or whether it will need to undergo some serious repairs.
Is There a Warranty?
If there is any paperwork available, go through it to find out whether there is a warranty and whether or not it is transferable. Many warranties can be transferred to a new owner so it’s worth trying to track down more information.
When Was the Last Repair Made?
Finding out when the last repair was made can give you some clues about its age. For example, if the previous homeowner does not know how old the roof is but can tell you that he had some leaks in the master bedroom area last year; this can give you a clue. It may very well indicate that the roof may need more repairs in the future due to its age. Unless the repair was due to an isolated extreme weather issue, you may need to do more repairs on it sooner than later.
Safeguarding Your Investment
As a new homeowner you should gather together all the information you can about the roof before making an investment in the home. Just because a home inspector says your roof looks okay doesn’t mean that there aren’t any underlying issues due to its age.
You should also be aware that home inspectors are not regulated in Ontario and there have been thousands of complaints against them regarding roofing issues and other problems that went undetected. Feel free to Google it for yourself. If you want a second opinion about your roof an experienced roofer can check it out for you an affordable price.
Roofs should be inspected by a qualified roofer at least once a year. A bi-yearly check would be a good idea if your roof is more than 10 years old. These checks don’t cost a lot and could save you literally thousands of dollars in repairs down the road.
The roof is the hat to your home and if it doesn’t do its job your dwelling will suffer and start to crumble. For this reason, the roof is the most important area of your home to preserve. Take care of it and it will take care of you.