What to Look for in a Roof When Buying a New Home

When buying a new home, there are always many things to consider and questions to be asked. In this article, Schroeder Roofing and Gutters helps with the process by laying out what to look for in a roof when scoping out your new place.

Figuring Out the Roof's Age

The first step to evaluating the home's roof is getting a general idea of how old it is. Schroeder Roofing and Gutters recommends asking the current homeowner about the roof's lifespan. It is also important to know the material the roof is made of. A roof with composition shingles tends to last longer and may not need maintenance often compared to roofs made of other materials.

One of the most important things to look for observing a roof is mold. You can sometimes tell a roof has mold when there are curly edges or bulges at first glance. A mold-free roof should be completely flat.

You should also be checking for any missing shingles or deformities in the roof. There is nothing wrong with having an older roof.  However, it is important to make sure it hasn't sustained any damage over it's years.

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Checking the Ventilation System


The house you are thinking about moving into could have a great looking roof from the outside, however it is important to make sure it also has a good ventilation system.

Your roof's system should be allowing enough air and sunlight in easily. Poor ventilation can lead to a number of problems, the main being mold.

Taking a Look at the Seepage System

A roof's seepage system includes downspouts, gutters and drainage pipes. The best way to get a general idea of the condition your seepage system is in, is by getting up on the roof and inspecting. However, it is important to leave this up to our experts here at Schroeder Roofing and Gutters or be very cautious if attempting to do so alone.

If your gutters have asphalt shingle grains in them, this is clear sign your roof is in need of replacing. These small grains coat the shingles and protect them from the sun that beats down on your roof.

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Keep an Eye Out for Leaks & Breaks


Leaks in the roof can lead to mold in your home. Get leaks repaired as soon as possible in order to avoid problems with mold.

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Leaks in your roof can be hail, wind or other kinds of damage. This can be a cause for concern because this can hurt the structure and/or flooring of the house. It can destroy the furniture and ruin the paint on your walls. Sometimes it can be very hard to identify the source of the leak. Most of the time they can be found in valleys, plumbing vents, chimneys or when it rains heavy.

Since finding the source of a leak can be difficult, give Schroeder Roofing and Gutters a call the minute you suspect water coming into your home. We will find the source and repair the leak so it's in better condition than it was before!

It is important to look for any other signs of breakage or damage  to your roof. If something looks off, get in touch with the experts who can answer your questions. Schroeder Roofing & Gutters offers FREE inspections! Give us a call or visit our website:

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-Written & Published by Elease Marolf, Associate Content Writer at Gateway Design & Home