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Buying a House With an Old Roof

Many people shy away from purchasing a house with a roof that hasn’t been replaced in 20 or 30 years.

The truth is that oftentimes it’s a way to get a great deal on a huge investment. It also provides an opportunity for you to update the home according to your aesthetic and possibly even increase the value of the home at the same time.

How Old Is Too Old for a Roof When Buying a House?

When it comes to buying a new house, a roof can’t be too old, provided you are prepared to replace it. The only cause for concern is if the roof is so damaged that there has been significant damage to the house that will require repairs.

A roof with holes and leaks that haven’t been repaired can mean mold, water damage, and insect damage to the house. The associated damage may be so extensive that the bills are astronomical.

This could happen to a roof that is 5 years old, 10 years old, or 30 to 40 years old, however. The best way to determine what will be needed in terms of repair and replacement is to hire an inspector to come check it out up close and in person before you buy.

They will be able to tell you what damage exists, what needs to be fixed immediately, and what repairs or replacement you should expect in the next few years.

Buying a House With a 20-Year-Old Roof

Some roofing materials are not made to last longer than 20 years, but that doesn’t mean that a full replacement is needed on the day the calendar shows that 20 years have passed since installation.

Throughout the life of the roof, there may have been significant repairs or updates and additions that have extended its life. Conversely, there may be repairs that are immediately needed due to damage.

An inspector will be able to tell you what you will need to repair right away and how much to expect to spend.

Buying a House With a 30-Year-Old Roof

Few housing materials provide a 30-year roof guarantee or expectation, so after 30 years, especially if there have been no upgrades or significant repairs, it is prudent to expect to have to replace the roof within the first year or so of purchasing the home.

If there is current or significant damage or wear, it may be advised that you replace it sooner rather than later. An inspector will be able to help you decide how to proceed.

Replace Your Roof With Four Seasons Roofing

At Four Seasons Roofing, we can provide you with inspection services to help you determine what is needed for a roof on a home you are considering purchasing. We can also provide the repairs and replacements on the home you ultimately choose. Contact us today to get started.

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