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Considerations When Purchasing a Home with an Aged Roof


2 min read

Jun 12




When buying a home with an old roof, it's essential to evaluate its condition and potential impact on your investment. At Fasto Roofing, we provide expert insights to help you make an informed decision.

Understand the Lifespan of Roof Materials

"Old" can be subjective. Roofing materials have different lifespans:

  • Asphalt Shingles: Typically last 15-30 years.

  • Metal Roofing: Can last 40-70 years.

  • Clay Tiles: Often last more than 50 years.

The age of the roof should be evaluated alongside its maintenance history.

Assessing Roof Functionality

An aged roof may still be in good condition. Look for:

  • Absence of Leaks: No visible water damage inside the home.

  • Structural Integrity: No sagging or major wear.

  • Proper Maintenance: Regular upkeep can extend a roof’s life.

Recoating and minor repairs can often prolong the usability of an older roof.

Opportunity for Customization

If the roof needs replacement, it’s an opportunity to:

  • Choose materials and styles that match your preferences.

  • Invest in energy-efficient options.

  • Ensure high-quality installation and future maintenance.

Negotiating Sale Price

An old roof can be a negotiating tool:

  • Price Reduction: Sellers may lower the price to compensate for roof replacement costs.

  • Repair Contingency: Make the sale contingent on the seller repairing or replacing the roof.

Importance of a Professional Inspection

Always get a professional roof inspection:

  • Identify Hidden Issues: Experts can spot problems that are not visible during a walk-through.

  • Estimate Costs: Understand the potential investment required for repairs or replacement.

Weighing the Pros and Cons

Trust your gut feeling. If you love the house but have concerns about the roof, factor in the costs of potential repairs. An inspection by Fasto Roofing can provide peace of mind and guide your decision.

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