Monday, December 22, 2014
A home's roof keeps the structure underneath in good condition and everything inside of it protected. That is why the condition of your roof is so important. A roof replacement, when needed, should take top billing over any other home improvement project you have on your to do list. When is a simple repair no longer possible? How do you know it is necessary to replace your roof? Your local roofing companies can provide you with information to help you make this decision. They may consider a number of things.
Take into consideration how old your roof is. The average life span of a roof ranges from 12 to 20 years. Depending on both the maintenance and upkeep of your roof. After this many years leaks and torn flashings start happening more regularly no matter what type of roof you have.
The condition of interior walls that touch the roof is also an important factor. Warning signs can be seen clearly on interior walls when a roof needs to be replaced. Watch for these signs! If you have missing or peeling paint on interior walls you may have a new roof in your future. Moisture marks on your walls is a sign of water seeping down and a sign of big trouble.
Being hit by snow, hail, rain storms, and direct sunlight again and again are major reasons for a roof to break down. Where do you live? If you are effected by more than one of these things it may shorten the overall life span of your roof. If severe weather has exposed part of your home a roof replacement may also be necessary. With this much damage a simple repair is no longer makes sense.
The number of missing or torn shingles can factor in as well. When you have a big number of missing tiles and shingles on your house replacing the roof is the best decision, instead of choosing to repair it.
Keep an eye on your electric or gas bill. A swing in your heating or cooling bills could signify trouble with your existing roof. If your attic is well insulated damaged shingles could be the cause of this.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Choose Your Own Roof Inspector Before Buying a Home
Nearly all of today's home purchase contracts include a home inspection contingency clause, which is a provision allowing the buyer to hire a professional home inspector to thoroughly evaluate of the house and determine if there are any issues with its structure or systems. Once a purchase contract has been signed, the buyer can book a professional inspector of their choosing, whom they may or may not accompany during the two- to three-hour inspection.
A typical home inspection includes a check of a house's structural and mechanical condition but can also encompass tests for radon gas, detection of wood-destroying insects and other services requested by the buyer. Back in 1976, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) standardized the home inspection process and established Standards of Practice dictating what must be inspected as well as how far the professional home inspector needs to go to report their findings.
According to ASHI, the ten critical areas for inspection during the process are the structure, exterior, roofing system, plumbing system, electrical system, heating system, air conditioning system, interior, insulation and ventilation, and fireplaces.
Once the home inspection is complete, the inspector creates a report for the home buyer detailing all that was found. This report will note problems requiring immediate attention and conditions that could lead to more serious issues over time.
Once the home inspection is complete, the inspector will be reporting results only to their client, the buyer (a circumstance bound by law in many states). The discovery of major material issues─the kind of stuff that's a big enough deal to be a sale roadblock─may bring you back to the negotiation table, and should be the only impact on completion of the sale.
A small hole in the wall is hardly a material defect, but if the house needs a new roof, that's material because somebody could decide not to buy a house if they knew it needed a large repair like that.