When purchasing a home, many lenders will actually require that the home be inspected by a professional in Virginia. Roofing is included in that inspection, and many lenders require that the roof be part of that inspection before the mortgage or loan is supplied to the home acquisition.
While most roofing installations can last a long time, even up to 20 years for a well built and properly ventilated roof, the roof may need maintenance and even replacement within 5 years if the home is in a region suffering from constant inclement weather – especially snow and rain.
While having a secure roof is important to the home, it’s also an extremely costly investment. The last thing you want to do is buy a home and find out shortly after you move in that the whole thing needs to be redone.
A solid inspection on your roof will help determine its age and integrity which can give you some clue as to how long the roof is going to last. Don’t expect anyone to start tearing into a roof or disturbing shingling just to find out the age. Most home inspectors have certain techniques they used to determine the age of your roof that include a lot of variables like the condition of the shingles as well as the inside condition of the roofing from within the upper crawl space or attic.
Additional technology is available to roofing inspectors such as infrared equipment that helps them determine concentrations of heat and cold, giving some indication of areas in the roof that may be drafty or leaking. These locations not only create problems with energy efficiency for heating and cooling but they also allow moisture into areas that should remain dry.
The inspection of a roof isn’t a lengthy process and it’s not something you have to pay for separately when you’re doing an inspection on a home you’re getting ready to purchase. More often than not it’s included in the complete home inspection.
When the inspection is finished, the agent or contractor will typically give you a written or printed report on all of their findings. Focus on their recommendation for the roof of your home. If they state that it’s in your best interest to repair or replace your roof as soon as possible then don’t wait. Too many homeowners make this mistake.
The last thing you want is to have a major collapse or severe water damage in your home due to a bad roof. If you thought that putting up new Virginia roofing was expensive, imagine the cost of replacing that roofing plus all the interior structural damage from a collapse or water damage to carpet, walls and possessions.