A Homebuyer’s Guide to Roofs

When you’re considering buying a new home, it is always important to ensure everything is in functional and working condition throughout the house. One of the most important elements to look at is the roof of the home you’re considering. A roof can be an added expense shortly after moving in if you’re not prepared for it in advance. Below are some of our top factors to consider when examining the roof of a home.

The Roof’s Age

The very first thing you should inquire about when considering buying a new home is the age of the roof. You may be able to get the information directly from your realtor, but a simple check can help you determine the age of the roof and how long you’ll have before it needs to be replaced. Be sure to inquire about the type of roofing material that was used. There are many options available such as metal, tin, cedar or asphalt shingles and each have different lifespans.

One of the first things you should do is check to ensure that the roof is free of mould and mildew. Make sure that the roof is perfectly flat and there are no curled edges on the shingles or bulges in the roof. Check for worn spots on the shingles and ensure none of the shingles are missing. If you spot any of these issues, it’s a good indication that the roof is quite old.

Proper Roof Ventilation

Every home needs to have adequate roof ventilation and a proper ventilation system in place. Just because the roof is brand new, doesn’t always mean that the ventilation matches the aesthetics of that shiny new roof. Poor ventilation systems can cause a number of problems, including the formation of mould and adding to potential repair costs.


Always ensure to take a look at the drainage that runs along the roof, this includes the downspouts, gutters, and drainage pipes. Be sure to check for any grains from asphalt shingles in the drainage areas. These tiny granules coat the outside of the shingle itself and act as a protective barrier. Granules in the drainage areas can indicate that the shingles are starting to wear.

Breaks and Leaks

Roof leaks can wreak havoc on the interior of your home, destroying everything in its path, from ceilings and floors to furniture and your valuables. Be sure to inspect the rooftop for leak points before you buy it, including the chimney areas, which can cause leaks if not sealed correctly.

When it comes to buying a new home, it’s always recommended that you have a professional inspection done on your home. Our team of experts at In Awe Roofing has years of experience performing roof inspections on homes of all sizes, and we can provide you with an honest report on the condition of your potential home’s roof, and the lifespan that it contains.