As one the most expensive parts of your home, getting a new roof isn’t something that is normally decided upon quickly. Most homeowners will put it off for as long as possible, oftentimes to the determent of their home and finances!
While there can be many things that drive that final decision to replace your roof, and at some point you will replace your roof, chances are it’ll be because of one of these scenarios:
You Have Extensive Storm Damage
Storms can damage roofs in a variety of ways. Strong winds can blow shingles off, leaving large bare spots that need to be reroofed. Also indirect damage caused by debris from things like falling branches or even trees can damage not only the roof but the structure as well.
Most storm damage can be repaired but when the damage is large or widespread, especially if it’s an older roof, sometimes it makes more sense to replace the whole thing, and many homeowners do just that, especially if insurance is footing the bill!
You Have An Old or Worn Out Roof
Most shingle roofs typically last only 15 – 25 years on average. With outside factors such as storms, ice, clogged gutters, mold or moss growth, even neglect affecting shingles directly on top of age, this can be reduced significantly. After a certain point it makes more sense to get a new roof both economically and emotionally.
You’re Remodeling (Or Just Want A Better Looking Roof)
If you’re thinking of a room addition, dormers, skylights or any other number of major home improvements, there’s a good chance you will need new roofing. Instead of mixing new and old roofing, many homeowners decide to replace it all when remodeling their homes to make sure the end product not only looks good but will last for years to come.
You Wish To Increase Your Homes Value
When it comes time to sell your home, every little thing that can increase it’s value helps. Even if the roof isn’t old and worn out, it can be extremely beneficial to home sellers to replace the roof before they sell the home. A new roof, especially combined with new exterior paint or siding, can make even an older home look practically brand new! Increasing not only it’s curb appeal but value as well. Not to mention the financial benefits to the prospective new homeowner who doesn’t have to worry about the roof for many years to come.
Whatever your reason you have for considering a new roof, be sure you do your homework and hire the best local roof contractor you can find. A new roof can provide many years of carefree living but if it’s not installed correctly can quickly become a nightmare.