There are several very good reasons why you might have to or want to, replace your roof with a new one. Your reasons could be simply cosmetic, something more practical, for financial purposes, or it could be for a mixture of reasons. Here are seven of the most common reasons to replace your roof.
Your Roof Is Old
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The simplest reason could just be that your roof is past its expected lifespan. Even if it doesn’t have any major problems, leaks, or structural concerns, you might want to get it replaced before that can happen. The most common type of roofing, for example, is asphalt shingles and has a realistic lifespan averaging around 15 to 25 years.
If you’re not sure what the expected lifespan of your roof is, it depends on the material, slope, typical weather conditions where you live, and so on. Lower quality materials might only last around 10 years, but highly durable concrete tiles can last beyond 50 years.
Your Roof Has Holes or Is Leaking
A very good reason to replace your roof right now is if it has serious holes due to and leaks. Once water starts leaking through — even if you replace or repair the holes or missing shingles — there could already be rot and water damage spreading underneath. If there are just holes or gaps in the roof, you can try having it inspected first to see if you can grab an air stapler to patch it up with new shingles, just as long as there has been no damage from water, condensation, pests, or debris.
Your Roof Suffered Extreme Storm Damage
If you live in an area that is prone to extremely inclement weather, your roof is more likely to sustain damage from high winds, hail, flying debris, and so on. Whether it’s from hurricanes, tornadoes, or just very strong storms, it can be frustrating but still necessary to replace your roof if it sustained serious damage due to the weather and still want to love your home.
It can be as simple as shingles being blown off in large numbers, large hailstones cracking or damaging shingles, large debris blown onto your roof, or updrafts where the winds get inside your home and damages your roof from below. After any major storm, it’s worth doing a quick inspection of your roof and maybe calling in for a specialist inspection if you are uncertain about the seriousness of any damage caused.
You Want To Prepare Your Home to Sell
If you are planning to sell your home, one of the best renovations you can do to increase your home’s resale value is replacing the roof with something brand new. Having a good-looking, clean new roof gives your home better curb appeal, especially if you also improve or redesign your home’s other exterior elements to make it look sharp.
On average, you can increase your home’s resale value by an average of around $12,000. Exactly how much-increased value you get for your home depends on where you live, the materials you choose, the design, and more.
You Want To Redesign Your Exterior
Even if you don’t want to sell your home any time soon, you might be planning a thorough renovation project for the exterior of your home. If you’re replacing the siding, doors, windows, and other exterior elements, you might also want to replace the roof at the same time so the style matches what you want your home to look like.
It can be something as simple as using shingles with a different color or tone to match the new color you use for the rest of your home’s exterior scheme. You might also switch to a different material that has a texture you like the look of better, such as slate tiles or wooden panels, and shingles that have a more natural aesthetic.
You Want to Improve Your Home’s Heat Index
If you live in a hotter climate, or somewhere that has a lot of sunlight and hot summer months, you might want to replace your roof to install a Cool Roof. Cool Roofs are a relatively new development in roofing that better reflects heat away from your home, helping the interior stay cooler.
However, Cool Roofs are not a singular thing — you can get a Cool Roof with a variety of materials and designs, so you can still pick something you think looks good. You can save yourself a decent amount of money by cutting down the energy used by your air conditioner with a Cool Roof, so it can be a good investment in the long term.
You Want Better Insulation
On the flip side, if you live somewhere that has a colder climate and longer periods of winter weather, you might want to replace your roof with something that is better insulated against the cold. Metal roofing, for example, is a natural insulator for cold temperatures to reduce your furnace’s workload. It also tends to better protect against air leaks, so your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your house warm.
About the Author:
Oz Taysun has been the owner of Westchase Roofing Services Inc. since 2008, specializing in asphalt roofing shingles installation. Prior to starting his roofing company Oz was an engineer for a firm. He enjoyed hands-on work so much that he changed fields and entered the home improvement and roofing industry in 2001. Oz enjoys the great outdoors and spending his free time with his beloved family.