Every roof, no matter the materials they are made of, has a “use by” date. Missing shingles, discoloration, or worse, outright leaks inside your home are all good reasons to replace yours. But did you know there are other reasons you might not have thought about for replacing your roof? Here are five lesser-known benefits of putting on a new roof today.
1. Energy Efficiency
No one wants their home to be excessively hot or cold. Nor do they want their heating and cooling systems to be over-taxed. A good roof is designed not only to keep out elements like rain, sleet, and snow but also to absorb or reflect heat from the sun. Unfortunately, just as rain and snow will slowly degrade shingles and other roofing materials, the sun will do its own number on them.
Fortunately, technology is always improving, and that includes the technology used in roofing materials and installation. Properly installed shingles that provide good solar reflection can result in less heat being absorbed and transferred into your home. The trick is in choosing the right materials for your budget and climate. Just as a light-colored shirt will reflect the sun and keep you cooler, those who live in hot climates will benefit more from lighter colored roofing materials, while those who live in colder climates should go with darker materials.
2. Health Protection
Your roof doesn’t just help maintain climate control. If properly ventilated, it should also keep heat from getting trapped and accumulating in your attic and crawlspaces. A roof installed with poor ventilation can become a petri dish for mold and mildew to develop, which can be a hazard to the health of your home’s occupants. If you have an older roof and especially if you see signs of moisture in your attic, it may be a good time for a new installation.
3. Increased Property Values
Replacing a roof isn’t a frivolous expense. Depending on the size, materials, and complexity of the job, it can be quite costly. Therefore, if you’re going to make such an important investment, see it as an opportunity to really beef up your home’s appearance from the curb as well as its overall property value. A different color, style or type of material all together can be a big selling factor when you’re ready to move on. Just be sure to scout out a reputable, experienced roofing company for the work, one that is knowledgeable about new technologies and the best options for your situation.
4. Insurance Benefits
Did you know most insurance companies will reduce or eliminate insurance coverage if your roof is over 20 years old? Did you know some insurance companies will lower your premium if you install a new roof? There’s good reason for both these actions. An older roof is much less likely to protect your home from wind, rain, snow and sleet damage. However, a homeowner with a new roof is statistically less likely to file a claim for damages caused by a leaky roof. If you’re thinking it’s time to replace your roof, check with your insurance company to find out their requirements.
5. Warranty Benefits
A new roof also comes with a new warranty that should cover typical labor and material issues. Generally, you can expect that the higher quality material you have installed, the longer the warranty period. Before you hire a roofing contractor, be sure they go over the particulars of your warranty so you understand exactly what is covered and what is not. And don’t be afraid to shop around.
Protect Your Investment
While it may be easy to consider your home’s roof as something that is “out of sight, out of mind,” it really is one of your greatest financial investments and should be afforded serious protection. When it’s time to consider its replacement, just be sure to seek out a professional and reputable contractor who can provide you with an array of options. Your house deserves no less.