You’ve found a house that you’re over the moon with. The only downside is that the roof on it is a little bit older. If you’re on the fence about whether or not you should move forward purchasing this house than your gut is already on your side. There is a lot to take into consideration when dealing with an old roof, and it’s best to know how to make the best decision possible before you commit to the purchase.

The team at PRN Roofing has decades of experience under our belt and we’re going to give you a brief look into the things that you need to look into before deciding that buying a house with an older roof is your best option.

Understand the Condition

Before you ever purchase a house with an older roof you need to fully understand the condition. No house that you purchase is going to have a brand new roof, so it’s important to anticipate that as you shop around. However, if the house is on the older side, then you need to know what you’re getting into with the roof.

You are going to want to start by asking how long the current roof has been on the house. Depending on the material, the average time should be no more than 25 to 30 years. While these numbers may be acceptable, they’re certainly up there. The higher the number of years is, the more likely it is that you’ll be replacing that roof sooner than later.

If the roof is on the higher end of that spectrum, and you’re going to need to be putting a new roof on the house soon, recognize that and bring it to the individual selling the house. A new roof is no small expense, and if the roof is old enough that it will soon need a replacement, that shouldn’t go unnoticed in the price that you’re paying.

Recognizing Damage

Like we said before, no house that you purchase is going to come with a brand new roof. Every roof has experienced a little wear and tear. Now, with older roofs, there is a little more wear and tear that has been experienced. If the house that you’re looking at has an older roof you are going to want to inspect for damage.

There are various types of damage to be cautious of, and we’re going to cover the most common to look for. Aside from these being the most common, they are also the most concerning types of damage that you could find in an older roof.

Sagging Roof

A sagging roof is a sign that the structure of the roof itself is compromised. If you’re noticing this, then you have a much bigger problem than a roof replacement on your hands. In fact, this is a costly expense that could require months of hard work and far more than shingles replaced. Again, it’s best to understand why the roof is sagging, but more often than not we suggest walking away from a purchase with a sagging roof.

Missing Shingles

When a roof has encountered damage, shingles can easily go missing. While a few missing shingles here and there are easy to repair, large chunks of missing shingles can be a sign of serious damage to a roof. Patches of missing shingles often means that there is sunlight making its way into the attic space of your house.

Aside from that, it’s more than likely there are a few leaks. These types of scenarios are key components of algae growth and water damage to a home. So before you brush off the severity of a few missing shingles, make sure to inspect the damage that those missing shingles could be the culprit of.

Interior Water Stains

We briefly touched on how leaks can become a problem from your roof, but you’re not only going to see these warnings on the exterior of a house. Leaks will often make themselves present on the interior, and while you may not be there at a time to experience a leak, you can often see where leaks have occurred by stains on the ceiling or walls.

If you’re going through the house and noticing these warning signs, it’s good to have the entire attic space and roof inspected. Water damage that makes its way to the ceiling and walls of rooms is often pretty extensive and could have far worse damage in unseen parts of the home. Get this inspected also before you assume that the house is leak-free.

Schedule a Consultation

Though the points we’ve mentioned above should help you better determine if the old roof of the house you’re looking at is worth the price you’re paying, we also understand that there are many other questions that can rise and other factors that can come into play.

If you’re still unsure as to whether or not you should proceed, our team is here to help. Schedule a roofing consultation with one of our roofing contractors and we’d be more than happy to head to the house and give it a look.

Once the consultation has been completed, we can give you a clear idea of what you’re looking at and what type of work is going to be needed down the road or, in the worst case scenario, immediately. Contact PRN Roofing Inc. in Tuscaloosa and schedule your roofing consultation today!