A roof replacement is a large project, but this is also an exciting time for your household. Replacing your roof comes with a few perks that many homeowners don’t initially expect. Discover four ways a roof replacement can benefit your home.
1. Roof Upgrades
Most people want their new roof to last as long as possible before another roof replacement is necessary. The material you choose for your new roof will have a bigger impact on its longevity and durability than any other factor. While you can get several decades out of common economical options like asphalt or wood shingles, you may never need another roof replacement with a long-lasting material like slate or clay.
When you replace your roof, take note of any weaknesses in your previous roof and choose upgrades that can eliminate those problems. If your roof had inadequate ventilation, ask your roofing contractor about installing extra ridge vents and soffit vents to improve airflow. Homes in areas with heavy snowfall during winter can benefit from installing eave flashing now to prevent ice dams next winter.
2. Energy Savings
Roofs are so important for protecting us from the elements that a common synonym for shelter is having a roof over your head. If your roof is in poor shape, it may cost much more than it should to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. In fact, after replacing your roof, you may see a significant return on your investment with energy savings.
A new roof can help make your home more energy-efficient whether you live in a warm or cool climate. Metal and other reflective roof materials stop much of the heat from the sun before it can enter your home. On the other hand, less conductive materials like slate or asphalt shingles trap heat in your home during cold weather with the help of your attic insulation.
3. Enhanced Safety
Your roof isn’t just important for keeping your home comfortable. The roof is an important element of the structural integrity of any home. When you replace your roof, you can be sure that your home is free of roof defects. Roof replacement can reveal mold infestations, water damage, roof rot, and other hidden problems that pose a safety risk in your home.
If you know a few subtle signs to look for, you may be able to detect some hidden roof defects on your own. For example, homeowners with roof leaks frequently notice water stains on their ceilings or walls. Even if you don’t see mold in your home, a lingering musty odor could point to a mold colony in hiding.
If you have asphalt shingles, your gutters can tell you a lot about the health of your roof. Asphalt shingles have granules of stone and ceramic that help them stand up to rain and high winds. When your shingles start to reach the end of their life, these granules may fall off easily when it rains or snows and collect in your gutters. If you see pebble-like material in your gutter troughs or below your downspouts, you need a roof inspection and likely roof replacement.
4. Increased Home Value
Even if you don’t plan to live in your current home permanently, replacing the roof can be worthwhile. Installing a new roof is a great way to increase the resale value of your home. A roof replacement lets you take advantage of modern roofing technology and materials that weren’t available at the time your home was built. These factors combined with the fresh look of a new roof can give your home an edge on the market.
Instead of seeing roof replacement as a chore, look at it as an opportunity to bring your home to the next level. If you are interested in the benefits of a roof replacement, call D.S. Bahr Construction, Inc., so we can find the perfect new roof for your home!