A roof is arguably the ‘shingle’-most important part of a home (sorry, we couldn’t resist). And to the untrained eye of homebuyers, what to look for in a roof when buying a home is often lost on more glamorous features of the property: the façade, the two-car garage, or the bluestone patio out back. The experts at High Point Roofing encourage homebuyers to know what to look for in a roof when buying a home so that trouble doesn’t pop up after the ink has dried. From breaks to leaks to mold, there are many signs that can point to trouble overhead. 

High Point Roofing offers tips on what to look for in a roof when buying a home that will help you narrow down your search. 

Look for leaks

One of the first things to look for are leaks. A faulty roof can certainly lead to leaks in your ceiling which can have devastating effects on your home. Look for water stains on the ceilings of the homes you’re hunting with a careful eye. They can appear as large or small and often have brown or discolored rings that can be likened to coffee stains. 

These ugly markings aren’t the end of the nightmare—they’re signs of roof fault and potential for mold. If you spot these markings in a home you’re hunting, you may want to run for the hills.

Check gutters, drainage, and ventilation

A few more things to look for in a roof when buying a home are the gutters, drainage, and ventilation systems. These systems work together to keep the roof dry and redirect water from the home that can linger, absorb, and encourage the growth of mold. Check the gutters for clogs and debris, and have a professional perform a ventilation test to ensure there isn’t air stagnation in the attic.  

Look for mold

No matter how new or old a home is, mold can always be lurking in places you don’t always expect, like the roof. In shady areas of a roof blocked by trees and other structures, moisture can accumulate and become trapped under shingles. Look for discoloration on the roof that looks like soot or dirt. It can appear black, gray, brown, green, or even white.

If you notice problems in any of these areas, call the South Jersey roofing company you can trust: High Point Roofing.