January is not only a great time for making new resolutions, but it is also a great time for buying a new house. That may be a bit of a surprise to hear but true nonetheless. For several reasons including the fact that interest rates tend to me lower in the beginning of the year, houses have been on the market already for an average of three months making sellers eager to settle and there is less competition from other buyers. If you find yourself in the market for a home the beginning of the year or anytime really there are some important questions you may want to ask. One of the most important is, “How old is the roof.”
Knowing the age of a roof can help you determine how much longer that current roof will last before needing to possibly be replaced, dependent on its construction of course. A roof certification is something every buyer should have. The best person for the job would be a local experienced roofer. Replacing a roof may be one of the most expensive home repairs a homeowner can make and knowing how much time before you have to replace the roof on your new home can be invaluable information.
The life of your roof depends greatly on how it’s made. You could have a slate roof which has a life of about 50 years, but may require upkeep and occasional repairs and replacement of missing or sliding slate. If the roof is flat or has a low slope you may have a rubber roof which, if installed and maintained properly can last upwards of 40 years. But if, like most of the houses and structures across the country your roof is tiled with asphalt tiles your roof may need to be replaced sooner than you think.
An asphalt roof, if installed properly with quality materials and proper upkeep, can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. An experienced roofer will be able to inspect the roof, both inside and out and determine how well the shingles are holding up to wind and weather. One of the things inspected is the granular surface of the shingle which is an indicator of the age of the roof. A roofer will also inspect the inside of the roof in trying to determine if there have been any leaks that might possibly affect the wood of the roof decking.
White’s General Contracting offers roof certs anytime of the year. We can inspect the roof of the house you are looking to call home and give you a detailed report on the state of what may become your new home.