All roofs leak eventually. However home buyers are advised to have a qualified professional inspect the roof, chimneys, skylights, gutters, drains and anything else attached to or penetrating the roof. Particular attention should be paid to the present condition and quality of the roof and the expected useful life of the roof. A qualified professional should be able to estimate how many years a roof has left in its “life”. There are no guarantees with such estimates as tomorrow’s weather can end the life of even the best roof. That said, a new home buyer should understand the probability of whether they will need to incur the cost of a new roof –or perhaps worse the damages caused by an old roof leaking- in the near term following the purchase of their new home.