One of the most important parts to the structure of a house is the roof. However, most people do not know the condition or lifespan of their roof. Roof inspectors provide a great amount of information that can help you plan and give you a sense of security in knowing what the status of your roof is. This guide shows you three important times that you should schedule a roof inspection.

When You Are Considering Buying a Home

Schedule a roof inspection if you are considering buying a home. Once you have made the offer on the home and scheduled the home inspection, you'll want a separate inspection done on the roof.

Roof inspectors not only assess current damage, but also indicate how quickly the roof is wearing down. It is possible that the roof may not last as long as you need it to after closing on the mortgage, so you can negotiate a lower price on the home if the roof needs major repair or replacement.

Even if the roof is in great condition, an inspection will make you that much more confident that you are making the right choice in following through with the purchase of the home.  

When You Are Considering Selling a Home

If you're selling your home, you should schedule a roof inspection. Having an accurate report about the condition of your roof will be appealing to potential buyers, because they will know that they won't have to worry about replacing the roof if they purchase your home.

If the inspector discovers some areas that need small repair, you can increase the value of your home by taking care of those issues. If the repairs are too big for you to make, you can factor this into your asking price so that buyers are aware.

After a Large Storm or High Winds

You may not realize that a severe storm can greatly damage your roof, even if the damage isn't noticeable at first. Loose shingles, for instance, are not always apparent to the untrained eye. Schedule a roof inspection after a storm to see if there has been damage and if you need to make a claim to your insurance company.

The roof inspectors report provides proof to your insurance company of the storm damage to make your claim verifiable. An inspection is important because, if a storm damages your roof and you do not notice it or report it, damage to the rafters and even the ceiling of your home can happen later, and it may not be covered by your insurance.

Whether it's from normal wear and tear or storm damage, roof renovations can cause a considerable amount of stress if the problem causing the need for renovation is not dealt with properly and promptly. So, before you end up with nasty surprises during the process of buying or selling a home or sometime down the road after a storm, call a roofing contractor for an inspection. And if your roof does need attention, call a local company such as John Criner Roofing Inc.