Ask the Experts: Trade Specific Home Inspections Roof

Ask the Experts:  Home Inspections: Trade Specific Inspections - Roof | Jon Wanberg

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Home Inspection Roof

Today, we’re going to be talking about some trade-specific inspections and the one we’re going to be talking about today is the roofing inspection and why you may want to have a roofer come out to look at the house in addition to the home Inspection that you may have already done.

When you have a home inspection done, oftentimes something comes up and there’s a problem that says this thing doesn’t look good or isn’t working quite right but they don’t go into depth as to why that is or how much it’s going to cost you.

They say that you should probably have that looked at by a professional that specializes in that one area.  Oftentimes, that happens with the roof. They will say the roof doesn’t look good and they recommend having it replaced or having it looked at by a roofing contractor.

In that case, you as the buyer are more than likely going to need to request additional time for your inspection period.  It’s tough to get a roofer out there immediately and if you only have ten days or 15 days, which is normal, you may not have enough time to get this additional inspection done by a roofing contractor.

Types of Shingles

Now, there are two types of shingle roofs in the state of Florida: 3-tab shingles and architectural shingles.

3-tab shingles in Florida might last 15 years and architectural shingles might last 20 years. Are there architectural shingle roofs that have lasted longer than that?  Absolutely. It’s going to depend on the amount of shade around the property and different things that determine how much abuse that particular roof took.

There are other factors like the manufacturer, the type of shingles, and other things.

So, what you’re going to want to do if there is an issue with roof and it comes up during your inspection period is to request additional time, first of all.  Then, you’re going to have to get a roofer to come out there and take a look at the roofing. They will walk the roof, certify and give you their opinion of how much time you have left on that roof.

Click here for Consumer Reports Roofing Buying Guide

When they do that they’re going to look at all kinds of factors, from the curling of the shingles to the number of granules that are left on the roof.

So, we highly recommend if that comes up in your inspection that you go ahead and get a roofer to come out there and go a little bit more in-depth.  They may be even willing to give you a bid on what it would cost for them to replace the roof, which is good information for you to have moving forward as the buyer.

Click here for Bob Vila’s Guide Home Inspections Roof

You may need to get the seller to replace the roof or you may need to cancel the contract and go find another house if that’s not an expense you’re prepared to pay and the seller is not willing to take care of it.

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