With springtime now upon us, you may be in the market for a new home. As you look at houses, you’ll likely have a multitude of questions and concerns – one of which should involve the condition of your future house’s roof. Having full knowledge about your home’s roof before you sign on the dotted line will save you significant money and aggravation in the future, making it an essential focus during your search. As you embark on your house hunt, here are three of the most important roofing questions to ask your home or roofing inspector

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1. What is the roof’s history?

During the assessment of any roof, acquiring information about the roof’s history in terms of the age of the roof, as well as past maintenance and repairs is critical. The seller of the home is responsible for providing information related to details of the roof’s history, such as when it was replaced and the types of repairs that have been done over the years. As a future homeowner, having this information will also ensure you’re educated about roofing warranties that would be transferred to you as the new owner, as well as what repairs and issues you may encounter down the road.

2. What are the main issues with the roof (if there are any)?

Once the house’s roof is inspected, you’ll want to get clear on any roofing issues that exist. Some issues are more costly than others to resolve, which is why it’s best to get as much specific information and details as possible. For example, problems with a roof can range anywhere from structural damage and water leakage to building code violations. Depending on the severity of the issues, you have a few options as a buyer. You can accept the house “as is” in its current condition; you can lower your offer based on how much repairs will cost; you can ask the seller to rectify the roof problems at their own expense; or you can simply back out of the sale. Having an inspection of the roof done by a reputable roofing company will ensure you know exactly what needs to be addressed so you can plan for future repair costs.    

3. When will the house need a new roof?

Above all, your inspection should result in a full understanding of when you will need a new roof. With a new home being a major investment within itself, it’s in your best interest to have a sense of when and if you’ll need a new roof in the near future. One of the ways you can determine the lifespan of a roof is by the material it’s made of (most roofs typically consist of asphalt shingles, tile, slate, wood or metal material). Your inspector should be able to provide you with information about the roofing material used, as well as the roof’s lifespan, which will help you determine the potential cost and timeline of a roof replacement.

Get in touch with AVA during your house hunt

Are you in the process of buying a new home? Get in touch with AVA Roofing and learn how we can address all your home’s current and future roofing needs.  

Being proactive about asking the questions above will help you be informed about the condition of your future home’s roof so you can feel confident in your investment, and budget and plan as necessary.

Whoops! Whether it’s your kid’s new archery hobby or your beloved pet’s rough behavior, your home’s siding can really take a beating. If it’s starting to look less than lovely, however, that doesn’t mean you need to deal with the inconvenience of entirely replacing your siding for a few problem areas. Siding repair can go a long way to fixing the problem, giving you a longer timeframe before you need to worry about a replacement.

Avoid a Complete Replacement With Siding Repair

There are any number of reasons why you may need to have your siding repaired. Heavy hail can punch a hole through your siding. High winds or storms can pull loose siding away from its attachment points. Scratches from kids, dogs or wildlife can leave unsightly marks in your siding. However, these issues don’t necessarily require the replacement of all of your siding to fix the problem areas.

In some circumstances, the siding can be re-installed, if it has not been otherwise damaged, such as when it is pulled away because of a storm. If the siding has been damaged on the facing surface, it may require that a new piece or two be installed. In many cases, this can be accomplished by using leftover material from the initial project or by reordering the materials in the appropriate color from the manufacturer, though in non-premium brands, this may result in a slight difference in color due to fading in the existing pieces caused by sunlight as compared to the replacement piece.

The Importance of Investing in High-Quality Siding Materials

Of course, when you have high-quality materials installed properly from the start, you’re less likely to see as much damage to begin with. In areas where damage may be expected, foam-backed siding provides additional support to the siding face when you expect it to receive an impact, such as from a ball or other object. Materials from a quality manufacturer make it much easier to get replacement pieces that will match your home, with fewer issues from fading.

Our Dedicated Team Will Help With Your Siding Needs!

At AVA Roofing & Siding, we’re dedicated to your siding job, whether it’s putting on an entirely new look on your home or replacing or repairing a few problem pieces that need to go. Our experienced team is ready to help you with any questions, concerns or issues that you may be facing. Please feel free to contact us today to get started.

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