Every human’s basic needs are food and water, clothing, and a roof over your head. Clearly, then, your roof is important. It can also be one of the most expensive aspects of owning a home when it comes to replacement and repairs. Because of this, many homeowners put off getting a roof replacement or repairs until more problems present themselves. Or they just might neglect to consider the state of their roof until it becomes necessary when getting ready to sell their home.
Since the condition of a roof can be a major financial concern, it is also a major factor that buyers consider when searching for a new home. A roof in poor condition can sometimes reflect poor maintenance of the home overall. It can also be a turnoff for potential home buyers to consider having to repair or replace a roof in poor condition so soon after the initial costs of buying a home.
Because of this, a roof clearly in need of repairs or nearing the end of its functional lifespan can cause a home to sit on the market much longer than it would otherwise. Not only that, but it can also cause buyers to place bids on your home much lower than your asking price to factor in the looming cost of a roof replacement.
Therefore, if you are getting ready to sell your home, it is crucial to assess the condition of your roof before you put it on the market. It might only need simple repairs or cleaning to get it ready to show as a critical factor of its curb appeal. However, if your roof is significantly old or needs major repairs, it might be worth it for you to get a roof replacement before you attempt to sell your home.
Here are 6 warning signs that you might need a roof replacement before selling your home.
The first telltale sign you might need a roof replacement is if your roof is old. Whether it’s significantly damaged or not, a roof only lasts so long. If it’s nearing the end of its functional life it will need to be replaced soon. The lifespan of a roof varies depending on the roofing material. Here are a few types of roofing materials and their average expected lifespan:
A potential buyer will take this into consideration when considering whether to bid on your home or not. Therefore, if you don’t want your home to sit on the market for long or to sell for significantly less than your asking price, it might be worth it to you to get a roof replacement before trying to sell your home.
To determine if you might need a roof replacement, you also need to check for physical signs of damage. These signs aren’t only present on the exterior of your roof, but inside your home as well. This is especially true in your attic. Check your attic for signs of water damage or leaking, such as soggy insulation. Also, if you are in your attic in the daytime and see spots where daylight is shining through, that means your roof is cracked or has holes and can cause further damage to your home and roof overall if it hasn’t already.
Water damage can be devastating to your home in many ways. There can be many causes and sometimes the early signs are small. If your ceiling or walls show water spots, sagging, or excessive condensation, it might be a sign that your roof is leaking and may need repairs or a complete roof replacement soon. If not properly addressed, a leaking roof can cause further extensive damage to your home.
An obvious sign that you need a roof replacement is if it is sagging or drooping. Not only is a sagging roof unattractive, but it signifies that there is already extensive damage. This might be from roof rot or structural damage from extreme weather and moisture decay over the years.
Signs of weather damage and age can be present in your shingles well before the lifetime of your roof if they have withstood extensive weather damage or maintenance neglect over the years. Sometimes it is only individual patches of shingles that need repairing, while if the damage is extensive enough it might warrant a complete roof replacement. Obviously, missing shingles need to be attended to. Also, check to see if your shingles look particularly warped, curled, or buckled. If your shingles are showing these signs of aging, it means they are no longer functioning properly and can be the source of water damage.
Additionally, check to see if your shingles are missing granules. Over time, your shingles will begin to structurally wear down and lose their granules. Not only does this make your roof look old and worn, but it can eventually be the cause of leaks in your roof. If your shingles are losing granules, they will wash down into your gutters. If excessive granules are present in your gutters, it might be time to repair some shingles or seek a roof replacement. This is just one reason why it’s important to check and clean your gutters regularly.
Lastly, do you have vegetation growing on your roof? If so, certain types of vegetation growing on your roof might signify water damage simply by their presence whether they cause damage themselves or not. Check for vegetation growing on your roof such as algae, mold, mildew, and moss. If present, that means moisture conditions are favorable for their growth, which is unfavorable for your roof.
When something grows on your roof, it means there is either existing water damage, or warm, humid conditions are present for growth (hello, Houston!), and can eventually cause damage and attract other damaging factors. If algae, mold, mildew, or moss is present, you not only need to clean your roof, but assess the cause. If extensive growth is present because of existing water damage, you might need a roof replacement.
Are you considering selling your home but don’t want to go through the hassle, time, and money spent on roof replacement? If your roof has suffered fire damage, storm damage, or is otherwise in need of major repairs or replacement, consider Space City House Buyers and let us take on the burden of home improvements for you! We want to buy your home as-is and are willing to work with you and your unique situation. Contact us today to find out more!
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