How Roof Certifications and Roof Inspections Help Sell Homes

Roof certifications, Roof inspections help sellers

Can you sell a house with a damaged roof? Roof certifications aren’t stipulated in all purchase contracts. For example, in Sacramento, regulations don’t require that homeowners replace failing roofs before selling, even when some other cities have Truth-in-Housing guidelines governing repairs before resale.

Roof certifications aren’t a buyer’s demand on seller’s markets. However, that depends on the market fluctuations and real estate conditions present at the moment.

Nevertheless, at Bay 101 Roofing we always recommend getting at least a roof inspection once you decide to sell. Better safe than sorry!


What is a roof certification?

Roof certifications and home inspections aren’t the same, but they work together. An expert roofer is qualified to perform a thorough roof inspection, but a home inspector can’t necessarily do it.

Even though, in many places, there are roofing inspectors who climb up on the roof and issue reports on different issues such as:


  • Roofing material conditions
  • Flashing around roof pipes, chimneys, vents, valleys and mounting of HVAC units
  • Possible movement
  • Ridges, caps and drip edges
  • Soundness of drains, downspouts, and gutters.


Consider this!


  • If your roof doesn’t require any repairs, the roofing company will estimate the remaining years of life for the roof and certify its inspection.
  • If the roof needs repairs, the roofing company will issue the roof certification once the roof replacement has taken place.
  • Roof certifications are usually good for two to five years approximately.


Factors influencing roof inspection and certifications

At the time of a roof inspection, the roof inspector will consider some critical factors such as:


1. Type of roof: Some of the most conventional types of roofing materials are composition shingle, wood shake, clay tile, concrete tile, slate, or metal.

Check our blog post ROOFING GUIDE I: TYPES, ROOFING SUPPLIES, AND TIPS to learn more about the type of roofs.


2. Roof age: The duration of the roof varies depending on the kind of material and the treatment received during its useful life. Tile roofs can last 50 years or more if nobody has walked on them. Wood shakes, for example, require more repairs when they last for more than ten years. On the other hand, composite shingle roofs are often warranted for 20 to 40 years, depending on the quality of the materials.


3. Roof pitch: The pitch is the steepness of a roof. The higher the number; the steeper the roof. Before asking for a roof inspection, consider that some roofing contractors charge extra work if the roof has an extreme pitch.


4. The number of layers: There are some cities with ordinances regarding the number of layers that are allowed on a roof. In California, for example, it’s common to see composition shingles placed directly over wood shake.


5. Previous roof repairs: Some roofing companies refuse to give roof certifications if sellers don’t disclose the previous roof repairs. However, not all states need seller disclosures.


Exclusions to roof certifications:

Some roofing companies don’t honor claims when it’s due to natural disasters, severe weather conditions (including high winds), improperly installed skylights or roof damage caused by foot traffic.

However, natural disasters are generally covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy.


How roof certifications help to sell homes:

The primary purpose of getting a roof certification is to inform a home buyer about the conditions of the roof. It also helps to disclose the roof’s remaining life expectancy and make repairs, if necessary. That is why many home sellers are advised to give a roof certification to the buyer as part of the sales process.

A roof certification is an ace up the seller’s sleeve while giving buyers peace of mind. To prove that the house’s roof is in excellent condition is a key element when buying or selling a property.


Are you selling your home? Do you need a roof certification? Call our team of roofing experts and get a FREE ROOF INSPECTION. At Bay 101 we will be happy to help you. Contact us!



4 Roof Replacement Factors You Must Know

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When to start thinking of a roof replacement may not be entirely clear unless you find yourself in a situation like the one in the photograph in this post. Terrible right? But, over the years, how do you know that it’s time to start the process of replacing your roof?

Roof warranties can vary between 20 and 50 years. That depends on the type of roofing supplies with which your roof was built. However, it’s not a guarantee that that timeframe should be when you start thinking about roof replacement.

Factors such as the type of roof or the construction process influence the lifespan of your roof. How do you know then if your roof needs replacement? How long does a roof last for real?

Let’s take a look at the four roof replacement factors that influence your roof’s lifespan:



Asphalt shingles are the most common option for roofing structures in the Bay Area. Four out of five homes have this roofing material. Asphalt shingles are cheap, aesthetic, easy to install and durable. Shingles are one of the most significant elements of a roofing structure. With proper installation, asphalt shingles can last at least 30-years.



The underlayment is decisive when protecting a roof. It’s installed over the roof deck and is made of waterproof material to protect the roof from rain, snow or ice. A good investment in underlayment for your roof is an excellent choice. This will add years of life to your roof and increase your house’s value.



Every home is unique so is its ventilation. A proper ventilation system in the attic can add a considerable amount of years from one roof replacement to the next. A vented roof can prevent the attic from getting moist and warm. It also prevents ice damming or snowmelt over your roof.


Roof installation

Can you remember how your roof was installed? There are hundreds of ways to build a roof, and each of them influences its duration. Specific steps can’t be omitted during the assembly of a roof, no matter what type it is. At the same time, some other particular conditions depend on the roofing supplies or your home’s location.

Keep in mind that a proper roofing installation is a crucial factor in determining your roof lifespan. If the time for getting a roof replacement is getting closer, choose a trusted roofing agency that guarantees quality work.

Don’t know if it’s time to replace your roof? At Bay 101 we help you determine it. Request a FREE ROOF INSPECTION before it’s too late! Our certified team of roofing experts is willing to help you. Contact us!



Top 10 Causes of Roof Leaks In The Bay Area

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Roof leaks, the two most terrifying words you can hear as a homeowner. Believe it or not, water is the worst enemy of any roof. Once water is inside, the damage is done. After that, it gets tough to identify the starting point where the problem began.

What can you do as a homeowner? Stay cautious and ready to take action. Even pretty small leaks can damage insulation, accumulate mold, ruin interior ceilings and walls and rot the wooden framing. So, this is serious.Continue reading