Buying your dream home can be exciting, especially when you’ve gone through all the obstacles to get to the final process. As you’re looking for that dream house, an important thing to pay attention to during your search is the roof. A roof is one of the more expensive parts of a house and shouldn’t be overlooked during your search.  As a home buyer,  you should know what to look for in a roof when buying a house.

Here’s what to look for in a roof when buying a house.

Broken Or Missing Shingles

Broken or missing shingles is an issue you will be able to see from outside of the house fairly quickly. Luckily, if you catch this issue early, it won’t be the worst one. Tiles or Shingles that are broken or missing can leave your house susceptible to water damage. 

If you happen to spot issues with shingles, ask them to be replaced before making that big purchase. Try to keep an extra box of shingles in case any other shingles go missing in the future.

Water Stains

The house may have a leak somewhere on the roof if you happen to see any water stains.  You can usually spot these stains on the ceilings inside the home.

Sometimes previous or current owners try to cover up the stain by painting over it.  There are a few ways to know if that happens to be the case:

  • If you smell fresh paint or see blotchy spots on the ceiling, that may be a sure sign that there’s a leak.
  • A roofer 

Roof Age

No matter how well you take care of and maintain your roof, it’s inevitable to prevent it from aging. An older roof won’t protect your home as well as a newer one. At some point, you will need to replace the roof. The average life span of a roof can last up to 50 years, depending on the material it’s made with.

As you’re considering making an offer on a home, be sure to ask the age of the roof. The older the roof is, the more likely you’re going to have to make repairs or replace it. 


To sum it up, make sure you’re paying attention to these signs when during your search for a new home. If you’re up to date on what to expect as a new or experienced buyer, you’ll purchase a house with a roof in good condition. 

If you have any questions about roofing replacements or looking to get a free inspection done, contact us here or call us at +1 (407) 772-6942.