Common Home Defects – Ask the Realtor – Roofing

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So you notice that rusty looking ring on your ceiling.  The first tell tail sign that there is  a problem with your roof, or is it?  Roof issues don’t wait, at least not for very long.  Its better to keep up on basic maintenance than to notice an issue from the inside of your home.

So what to do!

Homeowners can do a quick inspection annually.  Is the flashing in place?  Wind can sometimes loosen the flashing (the aluminum pieces around chimney’s, air vents, and valleys).  Make sure that it is still affixed so that water cannot run behind or underneath.

Regular fiberglass shingles will lose the granules over time and some of this is normal as the roof ages.  When you begin to see more of the asphalt it may be time to have a roofer inspect your roof and see if its time to be replaced.

Look for storm damage.  Shingles that are missing, curled or pulled up can let water in underneath.  Are there spots of missing granules in spotty patterns (possible hail damage).

If in doubt, have it checked out.  It is cheaper to replace a roof than it is to fix and correct water damage.  It is also important to keep a good roof on a house as once you have water damage this is something you must disclose when you wish to sell and a home with no prior concerns is going to be selected over one that has been damaged by water creating a possible mold issue as well as insulating, and rot.

Severe shrinkage and weathering of asphalt shi...

Severe shrinkage and weathering of asphalt shingles due to age and gradual washing away of the thick petroleum coating. Eventually the paper shrinks so much that entire flaps begin to tear away, exposing the roofing nails under the flaps. Once the nail heads are exposed, water running down the roof can seep around the nail into the interior space, leading to roof rot and ceiling damage. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kim Woehl is a real estate agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty.  If you are ready to buy or sell please give her a call.  651-214-1459 or check out her website for a free search of area homes for sale at:  http://kwoehl.kwrealty.com/

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