3 Roof-Related Questions to Ask Before You Buy a House 

If you are in the process of or considering buying a new home, there are many things to consider. Unfortunately, some homeowners forget to ask about important things, like the roof, until it is too late, and they are already in a contract. The roof of your potential new home should be one of the main things you find as much information about as possible. If you have a damaged roof, it could cost you thousands to repair in the future. 

At Brian Elder Roofing, we are here for all your roofing needs, whether it is maintenance or installing a completely new roof, but we also think it is essential to share our roofing knowledge with our customers. Therefore, we have put together the following questions we believe every potential homeowner should ask about the roof before buying a home. 

  1. How old is the roof?  

It is typical for a roof to last from 15 to 50 years depending on upkeep, materials used, and quality of the initial installation. If the roof is getting older, you will want to examine your budget to determine if you can afford to replace it in a few years. On the other hand, if a new roof were just installed, this would save you a lot of money on repairs, and you would only need yearly maintenance. 

  1. What type of roof is it? 

Many different roofing types and materials are on the market today, and not all of them last as long as others. The styles include architectural shingles, traditional shingles, rubber shingles, and even stone-coated steel roofing, to name a few. Since the different roof styles respond differently to the elements, your average traditional shingles typically only last 15-20 years, whereas a steel roof can last a lifetime. 

  1. Are the attic and walls insulated well? 

Well-insulated walls and attic spaces increase the home’s value, especially in areas like Memphis, where we have sweltering summers and freezing winters. You need to look closely at the roof and insulation in any home you consider buying. If the roof is not adequately insulated, it could cause many problems, including: 

  • Drafty rooms 
  • Frozen pipes 
  • Condensation and moisture problems throughout the house 
  • Leaks causing water damage 
  • Mold from the water damage 
  • Poor ventilation 
  • Ice dams on the roof 

At Brian Elder Roofing, we understand that buying a home is not something to rush. It is an enormous investment and asking these specific questions could save you a lot of money. Once you have bought your home, if you end up needing any repairs or maintenance, you can contact Brian Elder at (901) 867-0303. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured roofing company that has proudly served the mid-south for over a decade. 

Regular Shingles vs. Architectural Shingles 

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If you are looking to replace your roof, you have probably noticed there are many new roofing style options. The choices for roofing materials include asphalt, metal, designer architectural shingles, and more. There is a gamut of styles for your new roof. Sometimes your climate might dictate what shingles you choose, but usually, you have a choice between asphalt shingles and architectural shingles. Most homeowners choose to stick with what they know as asphalt shingles. Have you noticed that even asphalt shingles now have more asphalt shingle options than ever before on the market today? To help you choose between regular asphalt and architectural shingles here is some information on both that should help you with your choice. 

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Spring Storms Have Wreaked Havoc on Mid-South Homes 

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The mid-south has seen its share of spring storms this year. It seems weekly; you can hear sirens going off and lights start flickering. These spring storms have wreaked havoc on mid-south homes, especially on their roofs. Anytime there is severe weather, especially with large gusts of wind, your roof could be susceptible to storm damage. Sometimes the damage is evident, and other times you need a professional roofer to check for damage. Here are some signs to help you determine if your roof has storm damage. 

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Ten facts About Replacing Shingle Roof on Your House 

If you are in the mid-south and ready for roof replacement, you need to refer to these ten facts about replacing shingle roofs from Brian Elder Roofing before you get started. 

  1. Brian Elder Roofing can help you deal with your insurance company. 

Brian Elder Roofing has been in the roofing business for over ten years, and we understand how insurance companies work. We can help you gather the proper documents your insurance company will need to file a claim. Also, tell your insurance company if you get a new roof, as your premiums could decrease. 

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Why Roofing Prices are Going Up in 2022 

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At Brian Elder Roofing, we make sure every customer is quoted fairly, yet sometimes our customers do not realize that things are going on behind the scenes and why roofing prices are going up in 2022. Especially right now when we are dealing with inflation and products ordered have been delayed due to all the shipping issues. One of our trademarks is getting an excellent roof repair or a new roof for a great deal with Brian Elder. We are doing all we can to ensure we continue maintaining that reputation by not passing on inflated prices to our customers, but sometimes, there is just no way around it.  

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The Dangers of Ice Dams on a Roof

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Now that we had our first snow, we should keep a close eye on our roof. When ice and snow build up on a roof, you could potentially have an ice dam form up there. Unfortunately, an ice dam could cause major roof damage. 

What is an Ice Dam? 

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at your roof’s edge. This ridge of ice prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. The ridge causes a large puddle of water on your roof. The water from the puddle can leak into your house and cause damage to insulation, ceilings, walls, and other areas. Your worst-case scenario is for the roof to cave in since it can no longer hold the water. You also run the risk of mold forming in your home where the water sits.  

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How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?

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Your roof is the most significant investment next to the actual acquisition of your home. It is essential that you understand the longevity of shingles when deciding which shingles to choose for your roof. In this area of the United States, you primarily see homes with Asphalt shingles. 

Most asphalt shingles last anywhere from 25-30 years. However, several factors will determine just how long your shingles can last. Since there are three different asphalt shingles, each could last longer than the other. Here is a list of the three types of asphalt shingles. 

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Roofing Storm Damage

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Depending on the shingles used, many roofs will last 30 years or more. However, there are countless things that can harm your roof, requiring extensive repairs. Severe damage may even require you to have roofing replacement long before your roofing warranty expires.  

Storm damage is the most common reason you will have to spend money on roofing repair or replacement. We have compiled a list of roofing storm damage items that should be checked after the storm. This information will be helpful when you find yourself dealing with roofing storm damage.  

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