Buying the right home at the right price takes a lot of patience, time and energy. You sure don’t want to find out that you need to replace your central air unit or discover an expensive plumbing problem after the fact.
Be mindful of the roofing system, too, which protects your entire home. Keep reading to learn what you need to know about new roofing systems when home buying so you don’t get soaked!
Pros and Cons of New Roofing
One of the first advantages of buying a home with a new roofing system is that the previous owner has already done the work for you. Like buying a home, it takes time to choose the right roofing contractor and decide upon the type of roof you want. After all, your roof is truly a long-term investment in your pocketbook, protection and comfort.
The curb appeal of the new roof is important. Keep in mind that you may have that same roof for decades, so you better like it! Other potential disadvantages of buying a home with a recently installed roof are the reasons that the old roof was replaced. You need answers to the following questions:
- Why was the previous roof replaced?
- How old was it?
- Did it suffer irreparable storm damage?
- Did it have leaks? If so, how much water damage has the home sustained?
- Have all water problems been mitigated or are there ongoing consequences?
The roofing materials used is an important consideration. Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing materials used. However, metal roofs last about twice as long. Moreover, the higher installation cost of metal roofs is typically earned back in energy savings, fewer repairs, longevity and a great warranty.
Contact the Contractor
Ask for the name of the contractor that installed the new roof. Look up the contractor with the Better Business Bureau. Do some research and find out how long the contractor has been in business. Has it been 3 years or 33 years? These things matter.
Whether you are shopping for homes with older roofs or new roofing systems, all roofs should be inspected by a professional roofing contractor. Find the home you love, and then conduct a comparison with roof replacement costs in mind. To learn more, please contact Bill West Roofing, Inc. We’ve helped residents of the Greater Kansas City area with roofing solutions since 1980!