Buying a Roof: A Guide for First-Time Homeowners

Buying a roof is rarely a simple task, but there are ways to help ensure your purchase goes smoothly. This process should begin with knowing the condition of the roof on the home you are buying. Here is a guide to roof purchases— from home shopping around Atlanta to potential roof replacement.

What Is the Roof's Condition?

When you shop for a home in Georgia, sellers must provide you with a house that has a safe, leak-free roof structure. If an issue comes up during an inspection, it will become a point of negotiation. First-time home buyers may consider accepting the home at a lower price with a credit for the repairs you must handle before moving in with your family.

There are advantages to handling the job on your own, as you are more invested in the property than a seller moving somewhere else. Your realtor and attorney will be able to advise you on the pros and cons of each particular situation. In some cases, a new roof will be the best move—and will shift the sale price considerably.

Buying a Roof for the First Time

When replacing the roof on a home, take the factors an original owner may have missed into account. Surrounding trees, levels of annual rainfall, sun and wind exposure, and attic ventilation are worth studying. Familiarize yourself with roofing concepts that confuse homeowners. Finally, make sure the roofer who worked on the house's reputation is well established in the area.

Choosing the type of material and style of the roof will be a matter of your needs and personal taste. Along with the popular choice of asphalt shingles, you have the options of slate, tile or metal roofing. In some cases, synthetic materials mimic the look and feel of organic materials, so take into account the potential lifespan and maintenance practices of any roof before making the investment. Owens Corning provides a useful tool for help with color choices.

Once you know the basics of buying a roof, you can make an informed choice when it comes to finding a reliable contractor. Findlay Roofing is one of the most experienced roofing providers in the northern Atlanta suburbs. For help with a new project or old home, contact Findlay for the top roofing service in the area.

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