What Exactly Does a Roof Certification Include and Why Do You Need One?

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What Exactly Does a Roof Certification Include and Why Do You Need One?

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you know the roof is always a source of interest. If it’s not in good condition, the roof becomes a sticking point when the buyer brings their offer. A roof certification benefits both parties involved in a real estate transaction.

Read today’s post and find out what a certification includes, why you need one, and who to call to get a roof certified.

Why Should I Get a Roof Certification?

Each party looks at the condition of a property from a unique perspective. Here’s how they look at the roof.

The Buyer

When you buy a house, the last thing you want is a faulty roof. Replacing a roof means a significant investment the average buyer isn’t prepared to make in the first few years of homeownership.

The Seller

If you’re the seller, you also look at the roof from an investment perspective. Replacing a roof before you sell your home means you may need to dip into savings or borrow money. If you give the buyer money at closing for repair or replacement, it takes away from your profit.

If you’re the buyer, certification gives you peace of mind and may help with quicker loan approval. A seller benefits from a pre-listing certification too. A roof certification may attract more buyers and could mean offers closer to the asking price of the home.

We can’t forget the lender! Lenders want to protect their investment too and often won’t release financing without assurances about the roof. They don’t want the buyer to incur financial burdens that could set them up for default.

What Does Certification Include?

A roof certification provides information about the condition and life expectancy of the roof and includes an inspection of the following roofing components:

  • Layers of Roofing Materials
  • Damaged or Missing Shingles
  • Condition of Tiles
  • Flashing
  • Gutter System
  • Previous Repairs

After looking over the roof, the inspector puts the findings into a report or certification.

The certification describes the condition of the roof. It also includes a written estimate of the life expectancy of the roof. Finally, the certification comes with an expiration date of usually 3-5 years.

Who Do I Call?

Most roofing contractors can do certifications, but that doesn’t mean they’re all qualified.

Look for a contractor with both experience and certifications.

When a roofing contractor has several years of experience, it tells you they’ve handled a wide range of inspections, repairs, and replacements. They know what to look for when they certify a roof.

One of the most prestigious pieces of paper a roofing contractor can display says, “Haag Certified.” This certification means the contractor passes specialized training courses where they learn techniques needed to inspect roofs and assess any damages.

Ready to Schedule Your Certification?

As you can see, whether you’re the buyer or seller, a roof certification offers several benefits, including peace of mind and potentially fewer obstacles when completing your real estate transaction.

If you’re ready to schedule a certification, contact us today. We’re also available for routine inspections, repairs, and roof installation.

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