1. Roof Condition
Missing or damaged shingles can allow water to penetrate into the sheathing layers and lead to rot. Look for uneven shingle lines, curled, loose or torn shingles. If you see your roof sagging, it’s a pretty clear sign the under layer is rotting.
Gutters play a significant role in keeping water off of your roof and preventing moisture damage to your home. Your roof sheds rainwater to the gutters, so looking closely at your gutters can give you some insight into the health of your roof. When cleaning the gutters (at least twice per year) look for asphalt granules or pieces of roofing material. This could indicate a deteriorating roof.
Flashing, with the help of underlayment, keeps water from getting underneath your shingles.
Keep your eyes peeled for rusted or missing flashing around chimneys, vent pipes and at the valley between roof parts. This could allow water to seep into your attic over time.
If your roof was installed properly with good materials, you can expect 12-15 years of life (unless it is subjected to storm damage). If a roof is nearing the end of its useful life, it’s probably time to consider replacement. Remember, roof damage only gets worse with time. Call a reliable roofing contractor to see how many years your roofing system has left!
5. You’re selling your home
A compromised roof can complicate a housing sale. A damaged roof makes the home less desirable to buyers. Your first thought may be to sell the house as is and let the buyer worry about it; this strategy will cost you a lot of money. Buyers want more than the price of the roof for a discount. Insurance companies inspect homes and deny coverage to houses with bad roofs.Unless you’re willing to take significantly less than your home is worth AND limit buyers to those who offer cash, a good roof is required to sell your home.