Buying a house is an exciting time. There are so many possibilities, and this is definitely a buyer’s market. Once you have found your dream home, the next step will be to make an offer. Before deciding on a price, take a good look at the roof. Here are some tips to help you determine whether the home you are considering has a quality roof or one that should be replaced.
The first thing to understand is that a quality roofer actually starts the job in the attic. Poor air ventilation will cause the temperatures in the attic to literally bake the shingles from underneath. Vents should be installed near the roof peak and along the lower eaves. When standing in the attic during the daytime, you should be able to see sunlight filtering in through the vents on all sides. While you are in the attic, take a look at the roof deck. The best choice is a deck made of MDF or plywood. Roof decks constructed with 1×6 strips present a higher expense when it’s time to have the roof replaced.
You can avoid having to deal with a leaky roof by taking along a pair of binoculars. Walking on the roof is dangerous, but you can inspect it from the ground with the binoculars. Look for areas that are missing shingles. Scan the rows for shingles that are broken, chipped, or have cracked edges.
You will also want to look at the house from a distance. Move 50 to 100 feet away from the home so you can look at the entire roof. Check for discolored areas. Dark streaks indicate that the shingles have lost their protective granules, and you will soon need the services of Oklahoma City roofers.
If the home has a new roof, ask about the warranty. Most shingles come with a 15- to 30-year warranty. The workmanship should be warrantied for a period of one to five years. A sign of a quality roof is a warranty that can be transferred to the new owner.
Finally, consider contacting us when you want to learn about the quality of a roof. We can walk the roof, inspect the flashing, and let you know what to expect in the coming years. Robbins Roofing, Inc., has more than 60 years of combined experience in the roofing business. Visit us on Facebook today to learn more about our company and our quality services.