Buying a home is a big decision that can leave you with big – and expensive – problems, even with new builds, if you do not know what to look for. Remember to look at the building itself as much as you look at things like about the layout – especially the roof
A. Clark Roofing and Siding Lp. has over 60 years of roofing expertise in Edmonton and St. Albert and know that your roof is your home’s first defense against harsh weather. Missing, damaged or improperly installed shingles, eavestrough systems, soffit, fascia, flashing, or vents may seem like a minor problem but, if left unrepaired, they can lead to leaks, rot, and other serious damages. With our years of roofing, here are some things you should look for when it comes to the roof of the home you are about to purchase and enjoy – including the assumption of any future problem.
Moisture – signs are a moldy smell, flaky plaster, and watermarked walls or ceilings, suggesting a leaking roof or plumbing. Check that the roof gutters are not rusted on their inside edges and damage to the roofing material.
Structure – look for cracks or bowing in walls, ceilings, and look in the attic for insulation. Look up at the lines of the roof externally if possible to check if they are straight and level. If the property has a flat or nearly flat roof, check out the material with which it sealed.
Age – roofs have a life expectancy of 15-25 years, depending on the materials. How long will it be before you need to replace it, and at what cost.
Delicious smells, cozy fires, and fresh paint are all tricks sellers use to make their home more appealing, and disguise problems. Buying a house is a big step – turn on every faucet and light switch, open every window and door, flush the toilets, even taste the water. If you do like a property and you feel like you could make it your home, arrange another viewing for a different time of day, and scout out the local area a bit more. If you can, take somebody with you who might be able to notice things you don’t. If you’re in any doubt, it can also be a good idea to get a professional in to give a detailed report for peace of mind.
If you need a roof inspection before you buy, or are looking to replace or repair a current roof, call A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP at 780.465.7571 – we’re the neighbor you can trust for your roofing and siding needs.