Typical roofs in Texas can range from concrete flat tiles to Spanish style roofs to asphalt shingles. The lifespan ranges from 20 to 50 years. The more common roof coverings is asphalt shingles. The 3 tab shingles generally last 20 years. The heavier shingles known as architectural grade shingles can last 30 to 35 years.
When buying a home, consider having Babcock Home Inspections do a proper roof inspection. Why? Well, buying a home is most likely the biggest purchase of your life. You’re spending a lot of money to move into the home, and you may not have the training and experience to evaluate the roof yourself. Therefore, a professional roof inspection makes sense.
A roof inspection involves checking for any damage to the roof that could cause water leakage and problems down the line. Missing shingles, mold and/or mildew could indicate problems, and it’s better to know about these before you buy a house than afterward.
Inspectors can also check for things such as holes in the roof that can’t be clearly seen from the ground, any pests living on or in it (such as raccoons or birds) that should be removed, as well as termites that could be eating away at an otherwise perfectly good roof. Trimming tree limbs and vines that come in contact with the walls and roof is a good way to help stop rodents from getting onto the roof and possibly chewing their way into the attic.
If and when you’re in the process of buying a home, it’s important to know how old its roof is. Is it near the end of its serviceable life? If so, who is going to pay to repair or replace it? You or the current owner? A real estate agent can help you negotiate the price for the home based on whether or not you, the buyer, expect the current owner to “take care” of the roof issues before you buy it, or if you want a discount since you realize you’ll be responsible for major roof issues as the new owner.
Replacing a typical shingle roof can be expensive so it’s imperative to know how a roof is “doing” before you buy a house. To know how a roof is “doing,” get a professional roof inspection done by Babcock Home Inspections.