Acquiring a new home can be a very exciting experience, especially if it is your first home. So much is the joy that at times we forget to examine the essential parts of the home. Though very conspicuous, the roof is often forgotten or just overlooked in the pre-purchase assessment.
This could be a very costly mistake. Roofs are expensive to replace, so you want to be sure of its condition before committing to buy the house. If it is possible have some roofers Dublin professionals do it for you. If you choose the DIY way, we’ve got you.
These are the specific things you need to do when accessing the general condition of the roof:
- Enquiry. Before embarking on the accessing task itself, ask the seller some targeted questions. This could be a great eye opener and even help you narrow down your assessing to specific points on the roof.
Questions like: the age of the roof, frequency of inspection, history of damage and repairs and the estimated lifespan. With this you are good to go.
- General inspection. General inspection is meant to give you a general overview of the roof. Step back a few yards and observe the roof. Check for any bulges or bends. Check for any visible sign of roof damage. Is there debris? Is there evidence of rust or discoloration? Any of these would portend roof damage.
- Take a closer look. After the distant evaluation come closer and observe the roof at a close range. If you can, get a ladder and go up the roof. Take a good look. Note the condition of shingles. Are they lose, curled or even missing? How about the flashing? How about the rubber on the vent pipes? Check out for any visible cracks. Don’t forget to check the condition of the chimney, especially the point of attachment to the roof.
- Check out for any leakages. Leakages would be as a result of cracks or holes on the roof. Cracks may be difficult to spot on the roof unless they are huge. So to ascertain whether there are cracks, here are a few tricks you can use. Look out for dark spots on the ceiling, wet spots around the fireplace or peeling paints on the house overhangs.
- Check out the presence of molds. Molds are those green, black or white substances that form on roofs, walls and floors. More often, they are an indicator of some water leakage since molds as a fungus thrives in damp conditions. They are also a sign of a poorly ventilated house. The sight of mold should be a red flag.
- Assess the ventilation system. Roofs are very important for ventilation purposes i.e. allows sunlight and air into the house and reduces moisture levels in the house. The presence of mold is an indictment to the home’s ventilation system.
Check out the drainage system. It entails checking the condition of gutters, down spouts and drainage pipes. Ensure they are all working well and not clogged by any debris.