Check the Roof Before You Buy

Before you buy a home, you should learn the age of the roof, the typical lifespan of the roofing material, and whether there’s any deterioration.

  1. Granular roofs- 10 to 25 years: Asphalt or fiberglass-based shingles have a granular mineral top coating that should be consistent in color and texture. Deterioration wears out the mineral layer, so shingles appear spotty, mottled, bumpy and uneven.
  2. Wood roofs- 20-30 years: Finer wood roofs are made of redwood or cedar. Shingles are machine made and shakes are hand-split for a more rough-hewn look. Worn wood roofs have visible cracks or curled edges.
  3. Tile roofs- 75 years: Tiles can be made of clay, concrete or slate. The harder the material, the more durable the roof; broken tiles can easily be replaced.
  4. Metal roofs- 75 years: Metal roofs have interlocking seams making them attractive, durable, fire-resistant and modern-looking, but dents due to hail are often not covered by homeowner’s insurance.

To judge a roof’s quality, look for the following:

  • straight even seams
  • consistent color and texture
  • no sagging in between support beams
  • no corroded flashing around chimneys and valleys
  • good soffit vents to circulate air into the attic
  • straight gutters free of debris

A professional home inspection should reveal the condition of the roof. If it needs replacement, ask your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network professional for advice in renegotiating your purchase contract.

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