With the exception of water staining your ceiling or dripping inside your home, it can be difficult to determine when replacing your roof is necessary. If your roof is over 20 years old, it may be nearing the end of its lifespan. Regular maintenance and having small problems professionally repaired can extend the life of your roof, but at some point, every roof will need to be replaced.
The Roof Is Your First Line of Defense
The bottom line is, if your roof is old, damaged, or missing shingles, the entire interior of your home is susceptible to the elements. Here are some reasons to invest in a new roof:
1.Repair Storm Damage
One of the most common reasons for replacing a roof is because of damage from hail, high winds, or fallen tree branches. You should schedule a roof inspection immediately after severe storms to help find leaks and prevent further property damage. Depending on the severity of the damage, it's often best to replace the entire roof rather than attempt to make spot repairs.
2. Increase Home Value
If you’re planning to sell your home in the next five years or so, a new roof can boost your home’s value. Homebuyers care about the age of the roof and a newer roof is a strong selling point. It’s estimated that a new roof can increase the resale value of a home by close to $12,000.
3. Return on Investment
One of the most attractive features of installing a new roof is the return on investment. Real estate experts estimate that replacing your roof can yield a return of around 70% - much greater than other home remodeling projects. Since a new roof can last for 20 years or more, it’s one of the best home improvement projects you can make from an investment perspective.
4. Improved Curb Appeal
Whether you’re planning on selling your home soon or not, having good curb appeal is important. Many real estate specialists estimate that a roof amounts to as much as 40% of a home’s curb appeal. Well-maintained homes boost the value of other homes in the neighborhood, which will benefit you later on if you do decide to sell.
5. Better Energy Efficiency
If your roof hasn’t been replaced in the last 15 years or so, chances are upgrading will improve your home’s overall energy efficiency. Some types of shingles are now Energy Star rated. These shingles reflect more of the sun’s rays and can reduce cooling costs by 10-15%. In addition to improved technology, the color and design of a new roof can also lower energy costs. Darker shingles absorb more heat than lighter colors. If you want to lower your air conditioning costs, installing lighter, energy-efficient shingles can result in significant savings.
6. Insurance Coverage
The age of your roof plays a significant factor in your home insurance coverage. Most insurance companies offer limited coverage on roofs 20 years old or older. When it’s time to install a new roof, you should contact your insurance company to see what is and isn’t covered. Most policies won’t pay to repair a roof that has gradually deteriorated due to normal wear and tear. You may also receive a discount on your insurance premium when you have a new roof professionally installed.
One of the biggest problems with older roofs is that they don’t always repel water away from the house, allowing water and moisture to seep inside. Over time, a small leak can allow water and moisture to build up, creating mold and mildew problems. Mold exposure can cause numerous health problems including irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.
Besides repelling water, your home’s roof is designed to protect it from debris, falling trees, and wind. As a roof ages, it can become structurally unsound and unable to withstand the elements. Even if you can’t see evidence of weakening from the outside, a roof that is nearing the end of its lifespan is in danger of failing when you need it most. A new roof will seal your home from the elements, protecting your family and property.
Work With A Trusted Local Roofing Company
Quality roofing materials and expert installation are essential for a long-lasting roof replacement. When it’s time to install a new roof, it’s important to work with an experienced contractor who has the equipment, training, and experience needed to safely and properly install a new roof that will protect your home and family for decades.
Since 1999, Brian Dawson Roofing & Construction has been installing residential and commercial roofing systems throughout the greater St. Louis region. Because all of our work is done under warranty and fully insured, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your new roof is dependable and long-lasting.
Contact us online or at (636) 733-6435 to schedule a free inspection and consultation. Our mission is to provide quality roofing services and top-notch customer service, all at a competitive price.