While not quite out of sight, your roof is often out of mind. It’s a part of your home that you don’t typically pay much mind to unless something goes wrong. The chances of something going wrong increase with the age of your roof. While you could opt to repair it as issues arise, there are some real benefits to replacing an aging roof.
Lower Maintenance Demand
Homes with older roofs are a lot more susceptible to problems. Roofs are exposed to a lot of conditions that accelerate the rate of wear and tear. As such, the older the roof, the more maintenance you’re going to have to do to keep it in good condition. If you’ve been dealing with seemingly constant roof maintenance thanks to your roof’s natural aging process, one of the biggest differences you’ll notice with a new one is how much less maintenance your roof needs. Of course, a new roof still benefits from regular maintenance, but it’s more along the lines of upkeep than the repairs you were doing. It’s also important to remember that some roofing materials need less maintenance than others, so be sure to factor that into your decision when choosing a new roof.
Protect Your Home From the Elements
One of the primary purposes of your roof is to protect your home from the elements. A new, well-constructed roof is in a much better condition to do that than an old, aging roof. As long as it’s built properly, it is likely to be far more durable than your old one. If nothing else, it hasn’t yet been exposed to the years of sunlight, wind, precipitation, and temperature fluctuations the way your old roof has been. As such, it will hold up better against these elements, protecting your home from the damage they could do.
Prevent Water Damage
Water is one of the more immediately damaging elements your home can be exposed to. Old roofs are more susceptible to leaking. Missing or damaged shingles, rotten wood and corroded metal, the loss of shingle granules, and compromised insulation and venting can all cause your roof to leak. This allows water to enter your home where it can cause mold growth and weaken the structure of your home. There’s a chance you won’t even notice until the damage is extensive enough that you have water leaking into your home. New roofs should be free of such defects, and as such, are in a better state to protect your home from water damage.
Improve Energy Efficiency
Given the current economic environment, a lot of people are paying closer attention to their expenses and looking for ways to reduce them. If you’ve noticed your utility bills, specifically your power bill, increasing over the years, the problem could be that your HVAC system isn’t working as efficiently as it should. Poor efficiency is often a sign of a bigger HVAC issue. It could mean that you need to replace your system. It could also mean that there are problems with your home contributing to its poor efficiency. If your roof’s insulation has become worn or damaged, or if the roof itself is damaged, you could be leaking climate-controlled air into the atmosphere instead of containing it in your home. That will make your HVAC system work a lot harder than necessary to keep your home at a stable temperature. When you replace your roof, you shouldn’t have to worry about damage and defects that can reduce your home’s energy efficiency. This is also a good time to look at your insulation and make sure it’s adequate as well. Between the improved insulation and the new roof, you should see improved energy efficiency throughout your home.
Boosting Curb Appeal
Curb appeal can improve your home’s value by 3–5%, so it’s a good idea to invest some money into making your home’s exterior look beautiful. That means paying attention to virtually every aspect of your home’s exterior, including your roof. Even if you don’t spend much time looking at your roof, that doesn’t mean that other people won’t spare it more than a passing glance. Replacing an old, dilapidated roof with a pristine new one can significantly improve the look of your home. This is especially important if you intend to sell your home since it will factor into your home’s curb appeal.
Raising the Value of Your Home
Even if you don’t intend to sell your home anytime soon, replacing your roof can improve the value of your home. This is helpful if you need to build equity in your home. The more money you’ve put into your home, the more equity you have. If you’ve done projects that raise the value of your home, such as replacing your roof, you’ve increased your home’s equity.
While your average homeowner probably shouldn’t be spending much time, if any, on a roof, that doesn’t mean there won’t be people up there at some point anyway. Being on a roof is dangerous, even for those who know what they’re doing. Accidents happen, after all. If your roof is old, it may have weak spots that raise the level of danger even higher. A new roof shouldn’t have any such weaknesses.
Even if you don’t have people up on your roof, you should still be concerned about your roof’s structural stability. Ideally, you shouldn’t have branches hanging over your roof. If you do, however, they could break and fall onto your roof. Even sturdy roofs can have trouble standing up to large branches. Older roofs with structural problems are even less likely to hold up under the onslaught. Replace your roof so your home is protected from what could otherwise be significant damage done to your roof, walls, and interior. While you’re at it, get rid of those branches so they aren’t a problem in the first place.
Depending on your circumstances and the condition of your roof, sometimes replacing it altogether is the best move you can make. There are plenty of benefits to replacing an aging roof. If your roof is reaching the end of its life, make plans now so that you can be prepared for a replacement and all the benefits it has to offer.
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