Do You Have to Redo Your Roof Before Listing Your Property?

October 22, 2014

Make sure your roof is in great shape before you list your home for sale.

Before you re-roof, consider roofing repairs. Having a home means having a roof over your head, but that roof can also cause you problems if it’s damaged or old. It’s especially important to pay attention to the condition of your roof if you plan to list your home for sale. Thankfully, re-roofing isn’t the only option when it comes to bringing your roof up to par for a sale. Roofing repairs can be an effective, affordable alternative to an expensive re-roofing job.

Assessing Your Home’s Roof

Before you list your home for sale, you’ll need to evaluate the condition of your roof. The only way to make a thorough assessment is to get out a ladder and take a close-up look at your roof. If you’re not comfortable climbing a ladder or crawling on your roof, call a professional who can conduct an inspection for you.

When inspecting your roof, you should look for signs of overall damage such as torn or missing shingles and holes in the roof. If you’ve experienced any leaks inside your home, try to trace their origin on your roof. It’s a good idea to take photos so that you can show them to your contractor later. Remember that high winds and frequent rain in Portland, Vancouver, and surrounding areas can lead to serious wear on your roof.

Once you’ve assessed the overall condition of your roof, you can decide if it’s time to re-roof or to make repairs. If your roof is badly damaged and could cause structural problems for your home, it’s time to choose re-roofing. However, it’s often the case that roofing repairs are more than adequate to address roofing issues. In some cases, repairs to a shingle roof can keep the roof in good condition for another 15 years.

Choosing a Roofing Repair Option

If you’ve decided that roofing maintenance is a good alternative to a full re-roofing job, you have several repair options from which to choose. While you may be able to complete some repairs by yourself, you’ll likely need help from a professional roofing contractor for most. The most popular repairs include:

• Shingle replacement
• Replacement of roofing materials
• Patching
• Leak repairs
• Chimney flashing

Many homeowners wonder if gutter replacement is also a viable option. While replacing your gutters may improve the aesthetic appearance of your home, such repairs won’t make a long-term difference in the stability or quality of your roof. It’s better to opt for repairs that deal directly with the roof’s core structure and covering material.

Roofing repairs can add to your home’s value and help you prepare for sale. The professionals at Interstate Roofing are here to help you evaluate and repair your roof. For more information on how we can give your roof the work it needs to help seal the deal with your house sale, contact us today at 503-684-5611.