What to look for in a roof when buying a home


Buying a house is probably the biggest investment one makes in his/her lifetime. We analyse each and every factor before starting the dream project. It starts from the location to the budget, from the floor to the roof. The roof is also equally important part of the house. So, when looking for a suitable home, you should be aware of the types of roofs and what to look for in a roof, as you don’t buy a house every now and then and you look into the future in that house.

Give a manual check up

You should first look around the house from outside and check the roof for any damages, especially the condition of the shingles. It should not be damages or caved in spots. When you are done with the quick check up from outside, then you should have a decent look from inside. Notice the ceiling for any leakages or water pooling. Dark spots on indoor ceilings and peeling paint can be signs of water leakages. Leaking can destroy your furniture and the paint and walls and it costs a lot to do a new rooftop installation.

Check for molds on the roof

All molds are not easily visible. It is mostly greenish in color. Molds are a result of water leakage or pooling. If you find molds in your roof, removing it won’t fix the problem as they keep returning back at the same spot unless the source of the mold is fixed, which mostly, is water leakage at that spot. So the leakage or pooling should be fixed instantly so that there are no more chances of molds. You can also consult a professional to check for all these factors.

Check for the water flow and the drainage pipes

Water logging is major issue in most of the houses and the roof should be designed such that the water can flow easily through a pipe into the gutters. The opening for the pipe should be properly inspected once in a while for any blockages that might prevent the water from running down into the gutters. The seepage system should be properly checked, professionals are recommended.

Overall ventilation system

It should have a proper ventilation system, allowing sunlight and air to come in. Poor ventilation can make it humid, which can also facilitate the formation of molds.

Check for any irregularities: You should make sure that roof is perfectly flat and there should not be any bulges. You should check if any shingles are missing and you should be well aware of the lifespan of the roof. You should know how old is the roof and what materials are used to build the roof.

Materials used

Copper roofs can last for a long time. Copper roofing provides durability, corrosion resistance and requires low maintenance but has high installation costs. Composites, metal, tin, shingles etc. are the main materials used for building a roof. Composite shingles last longer than other materials and require low maintenance.

So, the structural integrity of the roof must not be overlooked as the roof is arguably the most important part of the house as it gives you shelter and keeps you safe. Hence, knowing the condition of the roof is very important.

Create A Temporary Garage With Fence Panels

There are times in life when you really have to make your mind work hard. When you decided to pull down your old brick garage and build a replacement yourself, you know that the task is going to take you weeks, if not months, if you’re completing the assignment by yourself and only at the weekends. In the meanwhile, where are you going to keep your vehicles?

A temporary garage is an obvious answer, but how you are going to install one and where are you going to put it?

Where to install your temporary garage

It is perhaps easier, first, to state where you can’t install a temporary garage.

You should speak with your local planning authority and tell them that you are considering the installation of a temporary garage. They will supply you with rules and regulations that will dictate the types of temporary garage you can install, along with measurements and location possibilities.

They may not allow you to install anything ahead of your normal front building line – that is to say, you might not be able to build anything in front of your house.

If they do give you permission to install a temporary building, which comes with a different set of rules to those governing permanent buildings, they might restrict the height of the building and it might not be sufficient for your choice of temporary garage.

If your plot of land is large enough, you might be able to remove secure fence panels or part of a brick wall that forms the border between your front and rear garden. This might give you enough space to drive your vehicle over your front building line and install a temporary garage, technically, in your rear garden.

You probably won’t be able to install your temporary garage anywhere close to the garage that you are building because the two will get in the way of each other and you wouldn’t want to damage your vehicle as you are building your new garage.

Possibilities for your temporary garage

As this is a temporary garage, you won’t want to overspend on its construction, but you will still need to spend enough to provide a secure location for your vehicles, to protect them from the weather and car thieves.

This is a good reason to use secure fence panels, on fence posts, to mark a new area for you to park your vehicle, to provide a weatherproof area and to ensure the car thieves don’t have easy access to your vehicle. The advantage of using secure fence panels, perhaps choosing to use the hit and miss fence panels so that sufficient air can pass around your vehicle, is that you can relocate them to other parts of your garden later, perhaps to provide a secret garden or to replace ageing fence panels that form part of your current border.

When you install six-foot secure fence panels, you will be keeping your car out of sight of nosy people, and if you are able to secure a roof, perhaps by the use of a large tarpaulin, or if your vehicle space is small by using further fence panels, over the top of your fence panels, you will have weatherproofed your vehicle as well.

You can use to hit and miss fence panels as your garage gates to your temporary garage. As these are substantial and secure fence panels, you will be able to fix a temporary locking mechanism to your satisfaction and then your temporary garage is ready and available for use.