A roof is one of the most expensive structures parts of your home. Hundreds of different products have been used as roofing material from plastic to wood. When you are looking for a new home you need to know the roofing material was installed correctly, and the current condition of the roof. An in depth home inspection will include an in depth review of the roof. A compromised roof in bad condition can ruin a deal, but if the roof is in bad condition you really want to be aware of it.
The majority of the houses we inspect range are from the 1970’s to new. The typical roof material we see in Connecticut is the three-tab composite asphalt shingle roof. It is made of a fiberglass material. The aggregate adds color, but its primary purpose is to protect the shingles from UV exposure. Once the aggregate is worn, the shingle deteriorates rather quickly. The majority of asphalt shingles have a life expectancy of 20 or 30 years.
Take a close look at the roof before receiving a bid. The shiny reflection is the fiberglass core of the shingles that is showing through indicating worn shingles. You can also do some simple math to estimate the age of the roof. If you are looking at a house built in 1970, the house is 40 years old. Assuming that the house originally had a 20-year asphalt roof, it was most likely replaced in the early 1990’s. That means that the current 20-year roof is nearing the end of its 20-year expected life.
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