19 Aug

How to Inspect a Roof for Hail Damage Before Purchasing a Home

Categories: Storm Damage

Hail Damage Before Purchasing HomeBuying a new home is supposed to be one of the most exciting times in life, but what about getting stuck with the bill for previous roof damage before you even move in? It’s a tough spot to be in, and it does happen. In one publicized case, a new owner was hit with $16,000 worth of hail damage that occurred in between inspection and closing. The insurance policy was not in effect yet, and it was unclear whether the damage was covered by the previous owner’s insurance. To avoid you being put in the same position, we at Peak Roofing & Construction recommend a roof inspection before buying as well as determining whose insurance covers any potential damage before closing. Here’s how to inspect a roof for damage before purchasing a home.

Interior Inspection

When you do a pre-closing walk-through of a potential home, make sure to check for obvious signs of wear and tear. Leaks and water spots are two indicators that the roof isn’t performing as it should. Look for ceiling spots and water stains as you inspect the interior of the house.

Exterior Inspection

Inspecting a roof for hail damage before purchasing a home includes checking the metal parts of the roof including vents and valleys for signs of impact. If you find any marks, these will reveal the size and intensity of the hail. Next, check the shingles. Asphalt shingles will show wear from hail in the form of bruising, cracking, dimpling, or exposed black substrate.

Hire a Professional

If you or the current owners are unable or unwilling to inspect the roof, hiring a professional contractor to perform an inspection is highly recommended before closing. In most cases, the current owner’s insurance will cover the cost of the inspection and repairs for a roof that has been damaged by hail.

If you have any questions about how to inspect a roof for hail damage or would like to schedule a pre-closing inspection, contact Peak Roofing & Construction at (972) 335-7325.

Jeff Riss

Jeff Riss

Jeff has 20 years of sales experience, a love of roofing, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. He leads Peak Roofing & Construction’s team but also is known for getting his hands (and knees) dirty on a job site. His passion for customer service, integrity, and quality craftsmanship drives his success. Peak Roofing & Construction is a family-owned, locally-operated business focused on doing things the right way. His deep understanding of roofing, gutters, windows, fences and exterior painting provide a strong foundation for running the business and serving his customers.
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