When buying a house, we often think first about the area, the local amenities, what style the house is and are there enough bedrooms. But have you ever stopped to think about your new home’s roof? The condition of the roof is crucial because it protects the entire structure from the elements. A sound and well-maintained roof can add value to your home and provide peace of mind for many years to come.

Roof guide – what to look for

So, what should you look for when viewing a property with a view to buy? Here is our house buyers roof guide:

  • Ask how old the roof is and if any maintenance has been carried out. Roofs typically last around 45-50 years, depending on the tiles used. An older roof may need roof repairs or a complete re-roof in the near future. Bear that cost in mind when you put in your offer.
  • Inquire about any warranties on the roof, especially if it has been recently replaced. Understand what is covered and for how long.
  • Different roofing materials have different lifespans and maintenance requirements. Consider the pros and cons of each material, as listed here.
  • Inspect the roof for any signs of damage, such as:

– Missing or broken tiles.

– Sagging areas.

– Interior water damage, like stains on the ceiling or walls.

– Water penetration, such as water stains, mould, or mildew inside the house.

– Check the loft for signs of water damage or moisture.

– Exterior water damage from broken guttering or blocked downpipes.

– Perished lead flashing around chimneys, vents or skylights.

– Check the ridge pointing is intact.

If you have any concerns about the condition of the roof on a property you wish to buy, consider hiring a professional roofer to inspect the roof’s condition and provide expert advice.

Why choose West Country Tiling

Our team can offer expert roofing advice on homes of all sizes and we are experienced in undertaking re-roofs, roof repairs and roof maintenance.

Contact us if you are looking for competent and certified roofers. Please call us on 01373 462 224 or email us on info@westcountrytiling.com.