Here’s how to ensure your new home’s roof is worth what you’ll pay for it:
1. Determine How Old The Current Roof System Is
The most basic and important question you can ask about a roof is how old it is. Many roofing manufacturers estimate their products stand up to about 30 years of wear – but harsh Florida weather takes about ten years off that figure. If the roof is 15 years old or more, it’s a good idea to proceed with caution. Maintenance issues could already be severe.
2. Find Out When The Roof Was Last Maintained
A shingle roof should get inspected by professionals once every year. It’s a good idea to do this right before hurricane season and to follow up if necessary if a home sustains damage from a storm. A metal residential roof can go two or even three years between inspections. No matter what type of roof you have, though, expect evidence of recent maintenance.
3. Find Your Roofing Warranty Documentation
Standard roofing warranty coverage includes two forms of protection. First, there’s the “shingle warranty,” formally known as the manufacturer’s warranty. This covers defects in the manufacturing process. Complementing that is the workmanship warranty provided by your roofing installer. Ensure your prospective seller can provide you with both.
4. Perform A Visual Inspection Of The Roof
A visual inspection won’t reveal much, but it’s a start. Look for common roof repair issues. Missing shingles can point to lax maintenance, since they raise the odds of moisture infiltration the longer they go unfixed. Also check the metal flashing around vents, pipes, and (if present), the chimney, as well as the state of the gutter and insulation in the attic.
5. Still Not Sure? Invest In A Roofing Inspection
Buying a new home is all about reducing risks. There’s no better way to achieve peace of mind about your new roof than to contact a qualified Jacksonville residential roofer. A roofer can uncover issues that would otherwise go unnoticed. As the buyer, you’ll likely have to pay for it out of pocket – but what you learn could save thousands in the long run.
Don’t Go It Alone When It Comes To Florida Residential Roofing
If you’re moving into a new neighborhood, you have plenty to do. It’s easy to overlook the importance of choosing a trustworthy roofer, but it’ll give you the best start as a homeowner.
Plair Homes is the trusted name in Jacksonville residential roofing. With years of experience, our family-owned business uses highly trained employees, not contractors.
Whether you’re moving into Jacksonville or any of the great communities throughout our Northeast Florida service area, we’ll be glad to help you make sure you’re getting your money’s worth when it comes to your new home’s roof.
To learn more or get started, contact us today.