3 Essential Roofing Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

Making a fresh start in a new place is always an exciting time. But don’t let that glow of excitement distract you from what’s important: making sure that your prospective new home is in good shape. You should pay special attention to its roof system because you’ll be relying on it to keep your living space safe and dry throughout the seasons. You should ask these crucial roofing questions before making the home purchase. 

1. How old is the roof exactly? By knowing the exact age of the roof prior to buying the home, you’ll have a clearer idea of the steps to take when (and if) a problem pops up. Depending on the material, a standard roofing system can last anywhere from 15 to 50 years. A complete replacement may be required if the existing roof system is nearing the end of its lifespan. You’ll need to decide whether you’re willing to add the cost of a new roof to the already considerable expense of buying a new home. 

2. What is the roofing system made from? The type of material used by the roofing system affects its weather performance and longevity. So, before making a home purchase, make sure that its roof is made of a tough, long-lasting and low-maintenance material. Asphalt shingles are a fine example because it meets these criteria. They are impervious to most weather conditions and can last up to 20 years with proper installation. Plus, they are easy to clean and maintain. 

3. Who installed the roofing system? You’ll want to make sure that: A) The roof is installed by a dependable roofing company, and B) It’s not a bargain job done to advertise the home as “coming with a new roof”. There’s only one way to find out – ask for the name of the roofing installer. Once you have it, check the company’s qualifications, experience and client ratings to determine if it’s legit. And if it turns out the company is? Then, you’ll feel more confident about making that home purchase.

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As a premier exterior home renovator, Paddy’s can handle all your roofing, siding and chimney needs in New Castle County. Our communication lines are always open! Call us today at (302) 388-3625, or fill out this contact form to schedule a roof evaluation. We proudly serve the areas in and around Newark and Middletown, DE.

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