With the national average cost of a new roof exceeding $7,200, the condition of a potential home’s current roof can be a dealbreaker. Before you settle on a dream home, consider these three common roofing issues in Tucson:

1. Ask About the Roof’s Age

The longevity of a roof depends on a combination of the type of materials used, the quality and the environment. Typical asphalt shingles last up to 30 years, but the intense Tucson heat, sandstorms and monsoons can cause faster deterioration. While metal tile roofs can have a 50-year lifespan, the waterproof underlayment is prone to rot within 15 years. The current homeowner should have records of when the roof was last replaced and maintenance activities.

2. Inspect for Common Signs of Damage

Arizona law requires home sellers to disclose knowledge of current roofing issues, past damage and maintenance, but the responsibility is ultimately yours. Call in a professional assessment if you spot shingles or tiles that are missing, discoloring or curling. A revealing sign of leaking is mold on the ceiling. Check windowsills for discarded wings because this can indicate a recent swarm of termites. These invasive pests thrive in Arizona’s climate and can destroy a roof’s integrity.

3. Examine Drainage and Ventilation Systems

Heaving, sagging and crumbling from extreme heat and mold growth in the rainy season are signs that the attic and roof ventilation systems are not allowing air to easily pass through. Look for signs of moisture along roof water pipes, as well as flooding pools near the downspout drainage system. Gutters clogged with yard debris and mold indicate a water flow problem while the presence of fine grains of asphalt points to the deterioration of the roof’s material.

Whether you need a professional inspection or help fixing a bad roof, our skilled roofers will take care of your home. Contact Crest Contracting Roofing today to request a free estimate.

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