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Roof Leak? Missing Shingles?– Signs the Property You’re Considering May Need Repairs

Woman deals with roof damage from a roof leak that will require repairs.

If you are in the process of buying a house, there are a multitude of “deal breakers” out there that can sink your sale. Especially if you’re a first time buyer, there are things you should be aware of before you take on a property that needs more work, and investment, than you anticipated. It’s always important to give the roof of any property you’re considering a good once over. While the process can take time, be mindful not to overlook any potential problem areas on the roof that could be costly to rectify down the road. Do your homework and fully understand all the quirks of the home you are purchasing. In most cases, your home inspector should identify a problematic roof if there are any visible signs of damage; e.g. dark rings on the ceiling, peeling paint, missing shingles, and more.

Even though a properly-maintained roof can last up to 30 years or more, not all roofs are created equal. Sometimes poor installation or low-quality material used can result in you having to replace a roof sooner than you would have hoped.

So if you’ve got your heart set on a home, and you’re ready to buy– consider the following things before closing day to protect yourself and your investment.

Before you make an offer on a home, make sure you have a professional perform a roof inspection to ensure no roof damage will require costly repairs.

-Ask the seller how old the roof is, and for any repair documents or permits that show previous roof repair or replacement to verify.

-Hire an inspector to evaluate the condition of the roof and gutters to make sure the drainage system is working properly and everything is in order.

-If the homeowner has already performed a home inspection prior to going under contract, ask to review it. A qualified real estate agent can guide you through the process, as well as provide specific advice for attaining all inspection documents.

-Just because a roof is old doesn’t mean the seller will budge; however, it is negotiable if the roof hasn’t been properly maintained and if imminent repairs are required. In such case, you can request that the sellers replace the roof as a part of the home inspection repairs, although they don’t have to agree. If they refuse to replace the roof or lower the sale price, you have to decide if you want to incur the expense of repair or walk away from the property.

No matter the situation, it pays to have a professional roofer perform a proper inspection, either before you extend an offer or during the contract phase of the negotiations. Give Tennessee Roofing a call to schedule your Chattanooga roof inspection today! We can also help with any repairs that may be required before or after you purchase that dream home.

3 Winter Weather Roof Hazards

Chattanooga commercial roof Winter Weather Roof HazardsWinter takes a toll on the roof, especially in harsh climates. Extreme temperatures and weather conditions can create problems that may lead to costly commercial roofing repairs, if not properly maintained. Here are 3 winter weather roof hazards to avoid:

Ice & Snow Buildup

While we may not get much snow down in the south, it has happened. Because most commercial roofing is not pitched, it can allow for the accumulation of rainwater, snow or snowmelt. The winter weather hazard for your commercial roof occurs in climates with below freezing temperatures. When temperatures drop, rainwater or snowmelt freezes and/or refreezes in a freeze thaw cycle, creating an ice dam. The result? The roof may hold a significant amount of weight from water ponding, if not properly drained. Ponding water can severely shorten the longevity of your commercial roof, as it can cause leaks and long-term structural damage.

Wind Damage

Because flat roofs aren’t completely flat (allowing for water run off), there is still a chance for wind damage, just as with any pitched roof. While commercial roofs are tolerable to windy conditions, excess winds can damage the roof, allowing moisture to get underneath roofing materials.

Is your Chattanooga commercial roof ready for winter? Here are three tips to get ready!

  • Identify leaks sooner than later – Snow and ice buildup can make finding and repairing leaks harder.
  • Schedule a roof inspection in Chattanooga – Following your detailed roof inspection, we will report any issues for repair.
  • Repair and prepare – Tennessee Roofing will repair penetrations, curbs, skylights, ducts, and flashings, as needed.

Our Tennessee Roofing professional will check for areas for loose seals, signs of standing water, water damage, or things like rusted flashing and metal fasteners. While defects in flashing and sealant failure at penetrations are the leading causes of leaks, splits in the membrane, separations at seams, ridges, blisters and deterioration are also red flags that must be addressed before it’s too late. Neglecting to repair a damaged commercial roof this winter may lead to building damage, which can be dangerous and costly. Call Tennessee Roofing & Construction to repair and winterize your Chattanooga commercial roof today!

Buyers Beware of the Roof

first time home buyer roof inspection Chattanooga

If you are in the process of buying a house, there can be a multitude of “deal breakers” out there that can sink your sale. Buyers, specifically first time home buyers, beware! While the process is lengthy, be mindful not to overlook any potential problem areas on the roof; as it could be costly down the road. Do your homework and fully understand all the quirks of the home you are purchasing. In most cases, your home inspector should identify a problematic roof if there are any visible signs of damage; i.e. dark rings on the ceiling, peeling paint, missing shingles, etc. Note: Buyers beware, the most costly deal breaker often lies on the roof.

Even though a properly-maintained roof can last up to 30 years or more, not all roofs are cut from the same shingle. Whether dealing with an incorrect installation or low-quality materials, you may need to replace the roof much sooner than you originally anticipated.

Before closing day, complete the following:

  1. Ask the seller how old the roof is and for any repair documents or permits that show previous roof repair or replacement.
  2. Hire an inspector to evaluate the condition of the roof and gutters to make sure the drainage system is working properly.
  3. If the home owner has already performed a home inspection prior to going under contract, ask to review it. A qualified real estate agent can guide you through the process, as well as provide specific advice for attaining all inspection documents.

Just because a roof is older, doesn’t mean that the seller will lower the price. However, it is negotiable if the roof hasn’t been properly maintained and if imminent repairs are required. In such case, you can request that the sellers replace the roof as a part of the home inspection repairs, although they don’t have to agree to it. If they refuse to replace the roof or lower the sale price, you have a decision: pay to have the roof replaced or walk away from the house.

It pays to get a roofer to do a proper inspection, either before you make the offer or during the contract phase of the negotiations. Give Tennessee Roofing & Contracting a call today to schedule your Chattanooga roof inspection today!

Spring Cleaning Your Roof

chattanooga commercial roofingSpring is the best time to take advantage of routine maintenance for your roof.

There are very few rites of the season more satisfying than spring cleaning. If you’re breaking out the dust mop and inspecting all the nooks and crannies, don’t forget about your outdoor space, specifically your residential or commercial roof. Not only do annual routine cleanings and roof inspections benefit cosmetic appearance and curb appeal, they also prevent roof damage to help extend the longevity of your shingles.

The most obvious signs for roof repair to be on the lookout for include:

  • Bulging, buckling, blistered, or missing roof materials
  • Leaks or improper draining of gutter systems
  • Broken seals and missing caulk around chimneys, skylights, or attic vents

Spring cleaning your roof checklist

Spring Cleaning Your Roof Checklist (printable)

Spring Cleaning Your Roof Checklist

Contact Tennessee Roofing & Construction of Chattanooga, Tn today to schedule your spring cleaning roof inspection and maintenance!

It’s a New Year! Is It Time for a Roof Inspection?

Chattanooga roof inspectionOver time, the elements from severe storms, changes in season, harsh summer sun, and the bitter, winter wind often leaves shingles in need of a professional roof inspection to assess the functionality and efficiency of your roof. Much like us, roofs also require routine check-ups at the doctor and proper care to ensure their longevity. The key to a healthy roof is schedule annual inspections and prompt roof repairs, when needed.

Studies report that overdue preventative maintenance and roofing services can limit the life expectancy by half! If your roof has fallen into disrepair, you should be covered with your extended year warranty when or if something goes wrong, right? Think again. In fact, most manufacturer warranties provide a disclaimer to void a warranty, if the roof has lacked the proper maintenance. Without proof of a roof inspection or repair, a warranty claim cannot be supported.

 

The 3 indicators a roof inspection is required:

 

  1. Visual damage to roofing or gutters. Following severe storms, check for damage in drainage areas. Be on the lookout for missing shingles or debris.
  2. Visual Water damage. This could be water spots, an aggressive leak, damp insulation, signs of mildew or moisture odor throughout the house.
  3. The last roof inspection was three or more years ago. It is recommended to perform professional roof inspections annually. Don’t wait for major roof damage before taking notice!

So, when is the right time for a roof inspection?

Have an annual roof inspection performed once before the threat of severe weather season and again after. If you are new to a home with an aging roof, or have not had your roof professionally inspected in several years, the right time is now! There is no need to wait until the obvious signs of roofing damage to indicate the time for an inspection.

Do you need a roof inspection?

If your roof is in need of evaluating or replacing, Tennessee Roofing can help! Give us a call today at (423) 842-8826 for the answers to all your questions about Chattanooga roof inspection and Chattanooga roofing repair.