Buying a home is about as big an investment as you’ll make during your lifetime. A major part of that investment is the roof. We want to make sure that you know what to look for in a roof before you make that enormous investment in buying a home. The following information should help you with all roofing Idaho Falls decisions you need to make.
5 Components Of Roofing Idaho Falls Systems
Roof covering: This is the singles, tile, metal or other material and the underlayment that protect the sheathing from the elements.
Sheathing: The boards or sheet materials that are attached to roof rafters to cover your home.
Roof structure: The rafters and trusses that are built to support the sheathing.
Flashing: This is the material added to your roof system in joints and valleys to prevent water seepage.
Drainage: The design features of the roof that enable it to have water runoff (shape, slope, layout).
Health Of The Home
If you are considering purchasing a home, it better have a strong foundation and a solid roof. If you find issues with either, that’s a bad sign. A few old shingles may not seem like a big deal, but that can become a big-money problem pretty quickly. Ignoring roofing Idaho Falls issues can lead to damage for your whole house — including the foundation. And a problem with your foundation can be even more costly.
Roof Damage To Look For
You can’t see everything in roofing Idaho Falls from the ground, but you can be looking for a few things.
Cracked/missing shingles: Shingles are a barrier to protect your home from the elements. Damaged shingles cannot perform this job as they should. If you find cracked or even missing shingles, the roof — or at least part of it — is deteriorating. This is not good.
Curling shingles: After a long period of time, exposure to the sun, wind, rain and other outdoor elements may cause shingles to start curling. Those need to be replaced, and probably sooner rather than later.
Signs of life: If you can tell that something is living on the roof, like moss, animals or something else — that is a warning sign. However, it does not mean there is damage for sure.
Full gutters: Gutters that aren’t cleaned out cause water to overflow onto the roof. If the moisture has nowhere to go, it’ll soak through shingles and cause the roof to leak.
Saggy ceiling: You can look for roof damage from the inside of the home as well. A ceiling that appears to be sagging under the weight of the roof may be a sign that there is a leaky roof that has caused water damage to the home. Also, if you see water stains on the ceiling, it is a sure sign of a leak in the roof. If you see fresh paint on the ceiling, it could be a sign that someone has tried to paint over water stains.
Get An Inspection
We recommend getting an expert opinion for roofing Idaho Falls. Whether the news is good or bad, you’re better off having all of the information that you can get. You don’t want to sign anything and then find out later that the roof needs to be repaired.
Premier Roofing & Restorations is the premier roofing Idaho Falls company dedicated to providing the best residential and commercial roofing services in the area. This is why we offer free roof evaluations and inspections.
Home inspectors typically check the roof but usually don’t have to go up on the roof to take a look. You want to be sure before buying a home, so call an expert roofing company and we’ll give you an honest, impartial opinion.
A roof inspection will benefit you as a buyer, but it is also beneficial to the seller. Even if you decide not to buy, the seller will be in a better position with that additional information.
It should be easier to spot any issues if you are dealing with a flat or a shingle roof. Other roofs can look just fine from the outside while having serious issues that you can’t see. For example, the underlayment can wear out without being seen. Ask the seller how long it has been since the underlayment has been replaced. And of course, you can always get an expert opinion from Premier Roofing & Restorations. Give us a call!