Dear Home Buyer,
Well here it goes, if the Seller has lived in the home for a very long time, he or she should know when they put a new layer on the roof, or had a full tear off done.
On the other hand if when they bought the home, they bought it from someone who was in the house only for 2 years and did not know from the Seller before how old the roof was, then they do not know either...
An inspector, if you and I hope for your sake you did have an inspection done for your peace of mind, then YOUR inspector will be able to give you an app. idea of the what the roof looks like and how much you may still get out of it no exact age or exact life though.... So that just to explain that the Seller can really only disclose what they know, and this sellers case it may just be that when they either bought the home themselves their inspector told them how long the roof would still app. last....
You have two options a) call one or two roofers and have them look at the roof and hear what they have to say, (remember though they would like to get a job.... so careful - but it would not hurt to get an estimate from them at that same time, at least you know how much it would cost you and if you can live with that expense in a few years from now... b) then you have your own inspector go up on the roof and you listen to him
If the general information is that there is currently nothing wrong with the roof, and it has several years of life left (then here is my recommendation: Find a good solid roofing company in your area, and have them come in every year to check the roof, most companies do it for free, if there are little repairs to be done, they will do them at a minimal cost, but those checks and little fixes will extend the life of your roof! And then if and when the roof needs a new roof you can use that company.
Oh by the way one important issue
You can definitely find out if the roof has one layer, two layers or three layers, i. e. when there are problems do you only have to add a layer of shingles, or at that time will you have a tear off which is more expensive.
Good Luck to you and I hope my answer helped a little.
Edith Karoline, YourRealtor4Life
working always in the very BEST interest of her clients!
PS If you come across anyone who is moving to the city of Chicago, or any of the N and NW suburbs, or anywhere in Northern Illinois, please refer them to me... Thks!
These are usually my recommendations to my buyers and I am a Buyers Agent at heart...