What New Homeowners Should Know About the Roof
About the Roof
Brand new homeowners from Edmonton area including St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Beaumont, Spruce Grove, Ardrossan & Fort Saskatchewan should always take a close look at every aspect of their new home, from the foundation to the roof. In order to protect your investment, you need to know the state of everything when you get it. But if you’ve never owned a home before, or you didn’t have issues with the roof in your last home, you may not be aware of what you need to know about this important element in your house’s structure. Here’s what you need to know about the roof of your new home.
1. The Age of the Roof
A roof is never built to last forever. Because the roof faces so much wear and tear from the environment every day – UV rays, wind, rain, snow, hail, falling tree branches, animals climbing around, and more – there’s just no way to make a roof last forever. The average shingled roof on most homes will last about 15 years if the owner is careful to maintain it well.
2. Find Out if the Roof Is Under Warranty
Many roofs are covered by at least one, if not two, warranties. In many cases, roofs are covered by a materials warranty from the manufacturer – which covers the cost of any roofing material that malfunctions within a certain time frame – as well as a warranty from the company that installed the roof, which covers the cost of repairs needed if the roof was installed incorrectly. It’s very important to know if a roof is still within the warranty time frames, but it’s also important to find out if the warranty can be transferred to you from the old homeowners.
If it can’t be, and there are any issues with the roof at all, the old homeowners may need to use the warranty to have issues taken care of before you close the deal. If the warranty is transferable, be sure you take care of that along with all the other paperwork.
3. Know the Problems and Address Them Quickly
Finally, new homeowners should find out right away if there are any issues with the roof because they won’t fix themselves. If you notice a leak that goes away, don’t count yourself lucky – find out why there was a leak in the first place because chances are the moisture just found somewhere else to collect. Roof problems can go from mild and affordable to fix, too dangerous and costly, very quickly, so don’t wait to address any problems.
You should also be sure that you ask the old homeowner if they have ever had any little “quirks” that they’ve ignored before they go. Find out if they have noticed leaks that mysteriously disappeared, for example, so that you can be proactive with what others may not have been.