When buying a home, one of the most important things to consider is the condition of the roof. And even if it is watertight at the time of inspection, you may still find it leaking sooner than expected.


To stay ahead of such situations here are some quick tips;

  • Check the attic periodically for telltale signs of leakage.
  • Check all roof flashings and areas where the roof is penetrated by a chimney vent, skylight, dormer or other protrusion.
  • Leaks often develop around roof penetrations because the flashing that seals the joints or the sealant dries out and cracks. Apply sealants at roof joints periodically.
  • If you have loose shingles, secure them with roofing nails, but nails should not be left exposed.

Remember, these tips are only general guidelines. Since each situation is different, contact a professional if you have questions about a specific issue. More home safety and maintenance information is available if you browse online at www.housemaster.com.