All Weather Exteriors

Buying a new property? Check out the roof before you sign that deal.

Whether it is your first home or 10th home, buying a new home is quite exciting. However, the joy should not make you forget that as you prepare to settle in, there is a maintenance list that needs to be tackled. Between rising home costs, low inventory and the prevalence of all-cash offers, potential home buyers will readily tell you: It’s rough out there.

So if you’re lucky enough to find an affordable house you like, you may feel the pressure to make an offer right away. Not so fast.

Before you put down that deposit, don’t forget to carefully inspect the home—even if it appears to be in good condition. “Looks can be deceiving. We have previously discussed that your roof is the primary barrier to all that Mother Nature throws at your and will often take the biggest hit in case of a weather disaster.

It is only prudent that before you sign that document to acquire a new home we take the ladder out and look at your new or not so new roof depending on the property.

Deal Breaker #1: The Roof.

Ask the seller how old the roof is, and inspect the gutters to make sure the drainage systems are in good working order. You also want to be on the lookout for dry rot—often caused by poor ventilation—which can cause sagging and crumbling.

Ask the seller how old the roof is, and inspect the gutters to make sure the drainage systems are in good working order. You also want to be on the lookout for dry rot—often caused by poor ventilation—which can cause sagging and crumbling.

Well-maintained roofs can last 30 years or more—but a shoddy installation or poor-quality shingles and tiles can mean needing to replace a roof much sooner.It has been said that all good things come to an end, so will your roof. Although most roofs have in fact lasted for decades, most roofs depending on the products used will require replacement after 10-50 years. This is why it is important for you to gather information such as the age of your roof, the product used, any repairs it has undergone and the type of roofing product used as well as its origin. Most reputable roofing companies will offer and stand by their workmanship guarantees. These guarantees range between 10-15 years again depending on the roofing product. Check with the seller if any such guarantees exist, their limitations and if they are transferrable to you once you take ownership of the property.

This information might not be readily available, however All Weather Exteriors in Winnipeg – a qualified roof contractor will be able to gather this information for you and prepare a report that will guide you.

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