Old Home Roof Considerations You Need to Check Twice

These days, everybody loves a good house renovation! You can find television shows, social media profiles, and more dedicated to the process of flipping or renovating homes. We’re likely obsessed because “old homes” are fantastic! They’re full of character, beautiful details of bygone eras, and occasionally, problems. Unfortunately, one of these issues, in particular, has the potential to be very destructive and costly – the roof. Before purchasing an old home, whether it requires renovation or not, here are a few roof considerations you shouldn’t ignore.


Various types of materials, weather conditions, and owners can impact the state of a roof on an old home. As a significant piece of protection against the elements, the roof on your home-to-be should be thoroughly inspected following these considerations.

State of the Roof

There are a few indicators that can signal a bad roof. Sagging is usually the number one thing to watch out for. A sagging roof can mean serious structural issues, like warped or broken roof beams. Often a costly fix. Missing shingles or shingles with growth are less severe and more easily repaired. However, the cost and time required can depend on how many shingles are near the end of their life and need to be replaced and how much damage missing shingles caused.

Types of Shingles

Replacing those old or missing shingles might not be as easy as you think. Those renovating an old home commonly love the character of a historically accurate shingle. Procuring these shingles is sometimes easier said than done. If you have a firm budget, be sure to consider whether you’ll need to replace a few shingles or re-do the entire roof. Next, think about what type of shingles are required. Wood shakes, slate, and clay tiles are popular old home options. Alternatively, modern metal roofs can help provide an excellent protective layer, preserving the rich history inside your home.

Condition of the Gutters

Does the roof have sagging gutters? They may have never been properly installed or could be warped from prolonged use, regardless of why sagging gutters aren’t a good sign. Gutters are your roof’s drainage system. If they don’t correctly draw water away from your home, you can experience a leaking roof, rotting fascia, indoor mold, foundation problems, and landscaping erosion.

Indoor Moisture

When viewing an old home, don’t only consider the roof’s exterior. Head indoors to assess the efficiency of the roof. If the roof leaks, you will usually find water damage inside. There may be mold, sogging insulation, cracks, or bulges. Mold, in particular, causes health risks that, if severe, can force you out of your new home. An inspection can help you find hidden leaks and damage that you may not be able to spot yourself.

Replacement or Repair

After considering all these factors, is your dream old home needing some roof TLC? If you’re looking into roof replacement, let RI Remodel help. Our experienced team can guide you through the process, from products to installation, ensuring your old home is protected for another one hundred years!