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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.

Protect Your Commercial Roof From Season Hazards

commercial roof debris removalAs summer becomes a distant memory and cooler weather sets in, our attention turns to fall roof prep. Here are a few reasons why you should protect your Chattanooga commercial roof and gutters from the changing seasons before winter weather sets in.

At Tennessee Roofing and Construction, we always recommend customers call us for routine inspections of your facility roof as well as periodic maintenance to make any necessary repairs before old man winter hits. Several factors can cause roof damage, but one major concern during this time of year are falling leaves. While colorful, autumn leaves are beautiful, they can wreak havoc on commercial roofing structures.

Commercial Roof Drain Buildup

How could leaves as light as a feather cause so much roof damage? Moisture. From rain and water drainage, wet leaves become a heavy mass that often clogs drains, blocks scuppers and invites mold, fungi and mildew to grow. If not properly removed, leaves can lead to back up, which increases the weight on the roof deck. Did you know that 1 inch of standing water weighs approximately 5 lbs. per inch, per square foot of roof surface assembly? Over time, even a small amount of standing water may damage the roofing membranes, reducing the life expectancy of your roof.

As cold weather approaches, areas of ponding may be at risk of leaks, as water freezes and expands. The additional weight of ice or snow can cause structural damage and expensive repairs, or even roof collapse in areas of poor drainage due to debris.

We recommend frequent checks and prompt debris-removal, necessary to prevent buildup or blockage. Drains and gutters should be cleared in the fall before below-freezing temperatures create frozen blockages from leaf debris.

Tennessee Commercial Roofing – Chattanooga TN

It takes a professional to recognize faulty sealants, flashings, mortar, seams and penetrations. At Tennessee Roofing and Construction, our customers receive quality work and peace of mind knowing your commercial roof is ready for winter. Give us a call today to learn more about services at 423-842-8826.