What to Look for in a Roof When Home Buying

Posted on: August 25th, 2017

When buying a pre-owned home, there’s a good chance the roof is more than a few years old. Some fading and weathering are natural parts of the aging process for a roof, so you don’t necessarily need to worry about a roof that looks its age. You should know what roof damage looks like, though, and be prepared to discuss necessary repairs or roof replacement during negotiations.

How to Spot Roof Damage

Many roof problems can be observed from street level. Walk around the perimeter of the house to get a good angle on all sides. To dig deeper, your home inspector will climb up and take a firsthand look at the roof and the attic below. The seller should disclose certain types of damage, too.

Be on the lookout for these issues and ask the seller about any known roof repair needs.

  • Missing shingles or tiles
  • Warping or buckling
  • Asphalt granules washing off in the gutter
  • Old age (more than 15 years for asphalt shingles)
  • Damaged or absent flashing
  • Curled edges of the roof
  • Valleys or sinking areas
  • Mold damage

Roof replacement may be preferable so you can start life in your new house with no worries hanging over your head. The top reasons to go ahead and re-roof include leaks and mold damage, warping or broken tiles in more than one location, and older roofs that need repair now but will need replacement soon anyway.

Are Buyers or Sellers Responsible for Roof Repairs?

In some cases, discovering roof problems when buying a house can be a blessing in disguise. This is when you and the seller can work things out so you aren’t stuck with unexpected costs after move-in.

Some options for dealing with a roof replacement or repairs during the real estate process:

  • Require the seller to pay for repair or replacement
  • Get an estimate and reflect the cost in the home’s purchase price
  • Split the cost of roofing services
  • Plan on paying for roofing services yourself, but adjust your offer

A motivated seller will be happy to facilitate a deal by taking care of the roof immediately. Even if the buyer ends up paying for the work, it’s great to learn about what a healthy roof looks like during the discovery and negotiation phase.

Roofing Inspections and Repairs in Baltimore

After you’ve found a home you love, it’s time to get professional guidance on moving forward. Park Heights Roofing serves as your local experts for roof inspections in Baltimore.

We’ve been in business since 2001 and have recently been named Baltimore’s top roofer by Baltimore Magazine. We’ll be happy to work with home buyers or sellers to get roofing repairs or replacement taken care of with high quality at a competitive price.

Contact us to request more info.

Does Hail Damage My Roof?

Posted on: August 25th, 2017

Everyone knows what hail damage looks like on an automobile—hundreds of dings as if golf balls fell from the sky. Hail damages a roof in various other ways, though, depending on the type of roof, the speed and angle of impact, and many other factors.

Many homeowners don’t notice hail damage right away. Perhaps you stayed inside or were on vacation when the storm hit, or you simply never took a close look at the roof until weeks after the fact. In any case, if your roof has visible damage, it’s worth getting an inspection so you can make necessary roofing repairs to avoid worsening damage.

How Much Damage Can Hail Do to a Roof?

When a car gets struck by hail, the damage is mostly cosmetic. Your roof will likely have cosmetic damage as well as cracks and wear that can linger and cause a bigger problem later. Namely, a hail-damaged roof might be compromised in a way that lets in water. That can mean mold, mildew, algae, damage to your attic, and the need to replace the roof sooner than you would have otherwise.

After a hail storm, you’ll want a roof inspection if you spot problems such as:

  • Faster aging of roofing shingles
  • Cracks and craters
  • Warped edges due to wind damage
  • Bent, damaged flashings
  • “Bruising” or dark spots
  • Holes through the roof and membrane

Hail Damage on Asphalt Roofs

Asphalt shingles can be dented, broken, or bruised by hail storms. The marks will be somewhat random across the roof, mostly with downward indentations. It’s important to know if you have hail damage rather than other issues, because the holes from hail damage are more likely to lead to long-term, major problems than some other issues.

Effects of Hail on Other Types of Roofs

Slate, terracotta, and other types of stone or tile roofing can be affected by hail differently. Many of these will be split or cracked rather than indented, because the sharp edges of hail produce a high-impact fracture in harder materials. The ultimate damage is the same—a shortened lifespan for the roof, possible water damage inside, and an ugly appearance from the street.

Hail Damage Roof Repair in Baltimore

If your roof appears damaged from hail, wind, or other forces, our roofing repair team can help contain the damage and return your roof to looking like new.

Park Heights Roofing has been named the Best Roofer in Baltimore, and we perform roof repair and replacement including slate roof repair, asphalt roof repair, and more. Contact us online or call 410-358-1257 to request info or schedule an inspection.