Before you purchase your dream home, it pays to ask the seller questions about the condition of the property’s numerous components. Electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems are usually the topics of discussion, but you shouldn’t forget the roof of the home you’re eyeing to buy. The following are some of the roof-related questions to ask:
1. How Old Is the Roof?
Knowing the age of a home’s roof lets you predict future problems and prepare for them. A roof can endure 15 to 50 years, depending on the material, installation, and weather. Ask the seller for roof-age verification. The age of the roof can affect a homeowner’s insurance premium and whether an insurer will offer a new policy.
2. What Is the Current Roofing Material?
You should also ask the seller what type of roofing material the roof is made of. This is because the materials used to make the roof have a big effect on how long and well it lasts. Asphalt shingles might last for 20 years, but clay tiles and slate can keep out the weather for 50 years or more. Also, the material of the roof may affect how much it costs to fix.
3. When Was the Roof Last Inspected?
A roof must undergo thorough inspections at least once or twice a year or after a severe storm. Even if there’s no visible damage, periodic roof inspections are important. Wind and hail damage might limit the roof’s lifespan. Ask the seller when it was last examined and serviced. If it’s been some time, have a roofing specialist evaluate the roof’s condition.
4. Are There Any Known Damages or Repairs to the Roof?
A seller must disclose any known house damage or problems to a prospective buyer. By expressly asking about roof problems and repairs, the seller is forced to give such details. To avoid dedicating time and money to a property that may have cost-prohibitive problems, it is best to get any bad news early and consider the cost of potential repairs in discussions.
5. Is the Roof Warranty Still Valid and Transferable?
Manufacturers and contractors have different warranty inclusions and exclusions. Roofing warranties are divided into two categories. Product defects are covered by a material or manufacturer guarantee, while installation errors are covered by a workmanship warranty. Ask your seller about the roofing warranties and whether they are transferable. Think twice about buying a new roof if the warranty isn’t transferable.
For all your roofing needs, get in touch with Polar Bear Exterior Solutions. We have hand-selected only the best architectural shingles and metal roofing products for our area. Call us at (425) 290-5579, or fill out our online form to request an estimate. We serve homeowners in and around the Seattle and Mukilteo area.