What to Look For in a Roof When Buying a Home

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Make sure that the roof over your head is durable when you’re buying a home. Here are 4 things to consider before you buy:

Visual Inspection

Take a step back and inspect the roof from a distanc. Make sure that it’s laying flat, there are no worn spots, no missing shingles, no curled edges, and no mold or mildew. These typically mean that it’s an older roof. Asphalt is normal roofing material, but some roofs are made out of cedar shingles, rubber, metal, or tin. Anything other than asphalt will most likely require a yearly inspection.

Proper Ventilation

Even if the house has a brand new roof, if there isn’t a proper ventilation system,then you will have problems. Proper attic insulation and ventilation is pretty vital if you are buying a house. Without proper ventilation, your roof can become contorted. Proper ventilation also prevents melting and refreezing snow during the winter. Make sure that your home has a functional ventilation system.

Gutters and Drainage

You don’t actually need to get up on the roof and check it yourself, you can simply ask the homeowner about the gutters and drainage. When you are inspecting the gutters, it’s important to keep an eye out for a serious amount of asphalt shingle grains. This is what protects the shingles.


Roof leaks are a major hassle. They can cause some serious damage. A roof leak can damage floors, furniture, and ruin the walls completely. They are massive headaches and it’s hard to find where the leak is coming from. Even though you see the water coming down in a certain spot, The actual leak could actually be happening 8-10 feet away from the place where the water seems to be coming from.

You will want to be sure to ask the owner if they have ever experienced any roof leaks. Also take a look at the valleys and chimneys and any roof seams connecting additions because those are the most common occurring places for leaks to appear.


If you need roofing help in Knoxville or Chattanooga, TN then contact Burell Built LLC Exteriors at {nw_data field=phone} today!