Do Santa Cruz Homes for Sale Need Roof Inspections?

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 6:23am.

If you’re worried about the condition of the roof on the Santa Cruz home you want to buy, you may need a roof inspection.  Although some states don’t require that a roof inspection be included in the real estate contract, it's often better to be on the safe side and get the roof inspected.

Just what is included in a roof inspection?  Here’s a short list:

What Is The Roof on the Santa Cruz Home Made Of?

Roofs are commonly made of composition shingles, wood shake, or clay tiles.  The material the roof is made of can determine the life of the roof.  Tile roofs can last as long as fifty years, while wood shake has an expected "useful" life span of forty years.  Roofs made of composition shingles can last twenty to forty years, and are often under warranty for that amount of time.
How Many Repairs Have Been Made?

The roof inspector may also get a count of how many layers are on a roof.  Some states require that the roof be completely removed and replaced at certain levels.  The inspector will verify that previous roof repairs were done correctly and with the right materials.

Is There Any Roof Damage?

When inspecting the roof, the inspector will look for any slight movements that would indicate loose shingles or tiles.  He’ll look at the ridges of the roof and around the edges to gauge any damage.
The added expense of a roof inspection may seem steep, but it's worth the cost to ensure that your roof is in good condition.

Thinking of buying?  Let me help you find a Santa Cruz home (and roof) that's in excellent condition.  Give me a call today at 831.662.6522 or email me at



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1 Response to "Do Santa Cruz Homes for Sale Need Roof Inspections?"

Champagne wrote: Yes! get an inspection! If you buy a house and have to <a href="">replace or repair the roof, it can be very costly! </a>

Posted on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 1:13pm.

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