It’s probably one of the first things on people’s minds when they are buying a home and getting a home inspection – the roof. How old is it? Is it leaking? Is it in good condition? These are just some of the many questions a home inspector gets when looking at a home’s roof.

But your roof is not a simple thing. In fact, it is a “roof system”. In other words, there are many parts working together to accomplish its function. Its function is obviously to keep the outside on the outside, and the inside dry and safe.

Some of the components that make up your roofing system are your roofing shingles, underlayment underneath the shingles, ice and snow shield (depending on where you are and your roofing type and slope), flashing, gutters, and more.

All of these parts work together to keep the roof working and performing its function. If you are buying a home, then you are right to care about the condition of the roof. Hiring the right home inspector is the first and best step you can take in this regard.