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New Roof Needed?

New Roof Needed?

One of the first things a potential homeowner inspects is the roof.  If needed, it’s best to replace it, prior to selling the house. While there is no agreed-upon age at which a roof should be replaced, there are several clues that will indicate if the roof is past its serviceable life.

The first, and perhaps most obvious, clue is numerous leaks. Unfortunately, once the leaks spring up, water damage is quick to follow, so a smart homeowner will replace a roof before the leaks start dripping.

Roof ShinglesIf numerous shingles on a roof are missing, loose, broken, split or curled, or if the mineral surface of asphalt shingles has worn through to the backing.

Professionals recommend that the health of asphalt shingles is checked routinely. To do this, bend over a corner of one or two shingles on the sunniest side of the roof. The material should flex without crumbling or breaking. If it doesn’t, it’s time to replace the roof.

Of course, how quickly one needs to replace an aging roof depends upon the structure of the dwelling. Worn roofing on a steep roof will last longer than worn roofing on a shallow-sloped roof.

However, if potential buyers see it as an indicator of the condition of a house, the roof should be in the best condition possible prior to putting the house on the market.