By Bob McCrickard, repurposed by RoofersCoffeeShop®.
Editor's note: While Bob may no longer be with us, he continues to share his roofing knowledge with homeowners and contractors alike. Enjoy one of Bob's original articles below.
Is your roof in good shape, poor shape, in need of repairs? Is it leaking? Does it need to be replaced? You should be asking yourself all of these questions when thinking of purchasing a home. The roof is one of the most important parts of your home since it covers the whole house and everything inside.
Buying a home is a stressful process. It's common for people to push their finances to a breaking point when buying a home. And as one of the largest financial expenses, it's natural for us to push ourselves and our budgets to get the best home we can find for our family.
But what if your dream home has undiscovered issues that will require costly repair work? Essential repairs can be disastrous for many new homeowners, especially after making such a substaintial purchase and potentially exhausting your savings account. With little money in the bank, or saved up for repairs, how do you pay a contractor to do the work without leaving the problem too long that it manifests into a bigger issue?
The best way to avoid discovering costly repairs after purchasing your home is by having a professional inspection completed. It's also not a bad idea for you, the homeowner, to do some research about the common issues in a home and how to spot them. During the inspection, the contractor will look at the following:
The ridge – The ridge is the very top of the roof. These tiles/shingles are rounded in shape and for the apex linking the two sides.
The verge – This is the side part of the roof that meets the gable end (side of the property). It should have a smooth, even finish of mortar, or on newer properties, be covered with a dry PVC tile. This is known as a dry verge and can be retrofitted for a maintenance-free verge.
The roofs surface – It's fairly easy to spot a missing tile or two on the roof, which is fairly common and something that can be quickly remedied. A sign of serious roof repair is sagging in the roof, also known as “dishing.” Make sure the tiles/shingles run in uniform straight lines from end to end. Any tips could be a sign of roof truss or purlin failure, which would required further inspection of the timbers from inside the loft space.
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