When you go through the process of buying a house, there are a lot of different inspections and appraisals that are needed before closing. These inspections are meant to make sure that there are no hidden surprises after the purchase is complete and you actually move in, but they are not a substitute for having your roof inspected.
Most home inspections that home buyers order do check the roof. But these are not roofing contractors, and they may not be able to really say how old the roof is or whether or not it will need to be replaced soon. The inspectors and appraisers look for damage, wear, and obvious problems, but they don’t really do an in-depth roof inspection.(more…)