Whether you are buying or selling a home, consider the roof long before a home inspection takes place. Its condition can greatly affect a home sale in Austin. This is not simply because it is a critical part of a home’s structure, but because it is costly to replace. A home inspection may reveal roofing problems which can complicate a sale. Some lenders may hinge financing on the condition of a home’s roof. If it is not sound, they may require roof repair or replacement as the seller’s responsibility before approving the buyer’s loan. This can derail an Austin home sale, much to the dismay of both the buyer and the seller.
One way to avoid this problem altogether is to take a look at the roof before putting your Austin house on the market or before putting a contract on one for sale – in other words, before the process goes too far. There are a few ways the novice can tell when a roof is worn or if it needs repair or replacement. Of course, a home inspection may reveal roofing problems, but these are just a few clues that can generally be seen from the ground when looking over a property.
Color – If the roof color is far from its original shade, it is worn. Look for dark and light tones on the center areas versus the sides.
Streaks – Dark streaks and dirty spots are a sign that the some of the protective coating granules on the shingles have washed away. Resembling coarse grains of sand, they are usually white or light in color and may accumulate in the gutters and downspouts over time. Missing granules make the shingles appear a darker color.
Shingle Damage – Loose, torn or missing shingles are one way for water to penetrate the roof and interior structure. This causes moisture damage and, if it goes unrepaired for a long period of time, rotten wood and structural damage.
Buckling – Warped or curled shingling appears buckled from the ground. This is also a sign of wear or damage.
Sagging – A noticeable dip in the roofline could indicate a structural issue.
Before putting your home on the market, Austin home sellers may want to climb up on the roof for a closer look, especially if something looks amiss from the ground below. Depending on the style and quality of the roofing materials and workmanship, typical roofing can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. This could be a selling point for homes with a newer roof, or a deterrent for homes with a roof more than 20 years old.
As a potential buyer, if you see some of these telltale signs listed above, you may want to ask some questions about the age and condition of the roof structure if the other elements of the home meet your needs and interests.