Are you thinking about replacing your roof? If you’ve seen signs such as curling shingles or a damaged underside, it may be time for roof replacement. It’s a big project, but it’s one that has many advantages for your house – and your wallet.
Replacing a damaged roof does have the obvious benefit of preventing it from breaking further. Depending on the condition of your roof, the underlying structure could collapse. This can cause injury or at least a higher cost for repairing the damage. Inclement weather increases the danger of further breakage.
Even if it doesn’t cave in, a deteriorating roof can present other hazards. For instance, mold and mildew can start growing in the cracks, which can cause health issues. Additionally, cracks can let in moisture. This can further damage the roofing and the underlying structures, making them more prone to eventual caving. Replacing the roof can save these dangers.
Reduced Energy Bills
Concerning costs associated with a roof, a new roof can help reduce your utility bills. Cracks and holes not only let moisture in, but they let heating or cooling out. Replacing the roof reseals the shell created by the exterior of your home.
If energy efficiency is important to you, it’s possible to further increase the efficiency with a cool roof and with more insulation. According to Energy.gov, there are different ways to make your roof cool:
- Cool roof coating: white coating with reflective pigments that protect the roof from UV damage.
- Reflective membranes: single-ply sheets contractors affix to the roof.
- Cool asphalt shingles: shingles coated with solar reflective granules.
Likewise, increased insulation helps keep your house warm in the winter by creating an extra layer to the shell. Fiberglass bats and loose fill are common, though you could opt for spray foam insulation if you have
tricky corners in your roof.
Increased Curb Appeal
A roof with missing, cracked, or curling shingles is unsightly. The roof comprises a significant portion of your house’s façade – up to 40 percent. Therefore, no matter how good the rest of your house looks, a deteriorating roof will severely decrease its curb appeal.
On the flip side, a new roof can offer an instant makeover. It’s possible to simulate the look of expensive tile or slate roofing with composite shingles. You also have different options in asphalt shingle shapes, such as scalloped. Even a new roof comprised of simple asphalt shingles will significantly improve the look of your house’s exterior.
Good Return on Investment
In that vein, a new roof offers a good return on investment. As discussed, new roofing can decrease your utility bills and prevent higher repair costs in case of further damage. In fact, potential home buyers know that, too.
A new roof is a big selling point, and it can increase the resale value of your house. At the bare minimum a new roof lasts a couple decades. So, if you might potentially sell your home in the next 10 years, you can see the return on investment in resale value. Conversely, seeing a roof that needs major repairs can keep potential buyers from even walking into a house.
Manufacturer and Contractor Warranties
A new roof comes with at least a ten-year manufacturer warranty on the roofing materials. Mid-Miami Roofing also offers a 12-year workmanship warranty on all new roofs. This warranty is transferable in case you sell your home during that time period. These combined warranties positively impact your return on investment.
Take a walk around your house, and observe it from the street. If you see cracked, curling, or missing shingles, call us about potentially replacing your roof.