Consider the roof when buying a new home

What you should be looking for in a roof when buying a new home

Buying a new home is a big step for most people. It is a huge investment and serves as a safe place for you, your family, and your belongings. And while there are many things to consider when buying a new home, the current roof condition is critical! When touring open houses or making an offer on a home, there are many things to look for when it comes to the roof. And if a roof doesn’t meet your needs, our team at Stay Dry Roofing provides quality new roofs in Tampa, FL to make any home a dream home. 

Observations during the tour

During a tour of the houses, you must remember to check the roof from as many angles as possible. Look for discoloration, missing shingles or tiles, cracks, and uneven levels. While you won’t be able to see everything, what you can see is a good indication on what the overall condition is like.

Inspection period

When making an offer on a home, there is usually time for inspections; make sure to schedule them! Many times, it is important to schedule a roofing contractor to check out the condition of the roof during an inspection. Sometimes, if the quality of the roof is very poor, you can negotiate a credit for a new roof or negotiate on the overall cost of the home.

Roof material

It is important to note the current roofing material before considering a home. With so many options to choose from, knowing what you are getting yourself into is crucial. Each material has a different life span and a different level of durability. For example, a shingle home may provide protection from anywhere from 15-20 years, while a metal roof can provide almost 50 years of security. At the same time, replacement and maintenance on a shingle roof is much more affordable than those of a tile roof.

HOA requirements

Even if you have your heart set on a certain style or color of roof, it is necessary to investigate HOA requirements and rules prior to purchasing a home. Not all HOAs allow for metal roofs, for instance, or may restrict color to natural tones. Understanding what you are buying into will make future plans easier to follow.

What to do if the home needs a new roof

Don’t worry! This is actually not always a bad thing! While the idea of putting on a new roof may sound daunting, choosing expert roofing contractors like those at Stay Dry Roofing can make the process simple. If you know the roof needs to be replaced with a new one, asking for a roof replacement credit or offering less money for the house can often offset the roof replacement costs. 

And as a benefit, getting a new roof for your home is always a positive thing! This means you can rest at ease knowing you and your family are protected for many years to come! And if you choose to work with Stay Dry Roofing, our experienced contractors can provide you with a GAF roofing system. As Master Elite contractors, this shingle system protects your home from all angles, and gives you a 50 year warranty on material defects! 

Join our roofing family

At Stay Dry Roofing, we are proud that our clients view us as more than just a roofing company; but as a family business they can trust and rely on. When we work with you and on your home, we treat you as if you were a member of our own family. This means responding to you as soon as possible, working quickly and efficiently, and never leaving your home looking and feeling like a construction site. 

With over 30 years of experience providing homeowners with new roofs in Tampa, FL and the surrounding areas, we are honored to be called Tampa’s premier roofing contractor. Work with us, and we can show you that even though a house may need a new roof, it can still be your dream home without the headaches and hassles. 

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