You know that your roof protects your home’s interior. But it also has purposes you might not be aware of that play a critical role in the comfort of your space and even the quality of the air you breathe.
When you replace your roof, here are a few bonuses you might not expect.
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1. Increase Your Home’s Value
If you’re selling your home in the next five years or so, a new roof can to boost your home’s value. Interested homebuyers care about the age of the roof, because they know that an old roof will leave them on the hook for a replacement very soon.
A new roof not only can increase the curb appeal of your home — and thus attract the eyes of potential homebuyers — but it can also increase the price you can get for your home. A new roof can increase the resale value of a house by more than $17,000, with homeowners recovering over 60% of their installation costs.
2. Maintain Insurance Coverage
The age of your roof plays a significant factor in your home insurance coverage. Most insurance companies offer limited or no coverage on roofs 20 years old or older. If your roof is hitting the 20-year mark, you’ll want to think about replacing it.
When it comes time to install the new roof, you’ll want to contact your insurance company to see what is and isn’t covered. Most homeowners insurance policies won’t pay to repair a roof that’s gradually deteriorating due to wear and tear. Still, you can get some insights into what you’ll need with your new roof to ensure you maintain insurance coverage.
3. Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Across all home building and remodeling sectors, people have realized the value of increasing energy efficiency. For instance, energy-efficient appliances can save a U.S. household up to $500 a year on utility bills. Going green can help reduce monthly bill costs, make homes more comfortable, and reduce the “footprint” of those living in the home, making energy-efficient upgrades an interest for everyone.
Roofing technology also continues to improve and become more energy-efficient. Since you need to replace your roof every 20 years or so, the chances are that technology has improved considerably since you last had a new roof installed. Upgrading now can help you capture these benefits.
The roof plays a large role in the climate of your home. It helps control how much heat gets in or out through the top of the house. Therefore, replacing your roof can make it easier and more efficient to control the temperature of the house.
4. Give Your Home a Little Makeover
When you realize that your home needs a new roof, you have the chance to think about the style and color you want. The view from most neighborhood streets will include your roof, which means that your selection of roofing material impacts the overall appearance of your home. Deciding to go with lighter or darker shingles or even a different roofing material can have a noticeable impact on your home’s appearance.
Investing in the roof you want can change your home’s entire appearance. At Sears Home Services, we can help walk you through the various options available, including different colors and materials, to help you make the selection that works best for you.
5. Protect the Air Quality in Your Home
Your roof has an important job: keeping moisture out of the home and helping with climate control. As a roof begins to age, many homeowners find themselves concerned with leaks and similar water damage getting past the roof. Leaks and a buildup of moisture with an aging roof can pose a threat to anyone in the home, particularly if it begins to nurture the growth of mold. Mold can be hazardous to people’s health and impact the quality of the air they breathe.
A new roof investment will help protect those living in the house. You should feel confident that your roof does its job of keeping moisture out of the home and working to maintain the home’s climate.
6. Keep Anyone Who Goes Onto the Roof Safe
We recommend that homeowners don’t go on their roofs due to the risk of falling.
However, if you choose to go on your roof, safety is paramount. Unfortunately, as roofs begin to age, they might not have the strength they once did. If moisture gets under a roof, the wood underneath might get weakened with mold and rot. Shingles can become slippery, particularly if they begin to develop mold themselves. Missing or lifting shingles can also pose trip hazards.
Replacing and upgrading the roof can protect anyone who might find themselves on the top of your home. They will not face many of the hazards that come with an aging roof. Therefore, you will feel more confident and comfortable venturing up to enjoy anything from the view to hanging holiday lights.
7. Upgrade the Quality of Your Roof
As the technology involved in developing roofing materials has improved, upgrading your roof will allow you to upgrade the roofing materials you use. It’s likely that the last time you installed a roof, certain options didn’t exist. Newer materials may also better withstand various weather conditions compared to before. For instance, you can now find shingles that are wind resistant up to 130 miles per hour.
You will also relax a bit more, knowing that you have a fresh new roof over your head. You will not have to worry or wonder if your roof will start to leak or if a windy afternoon will loosen your shingles. You will confidently know your new roof is in peak condition.
8. Protect Your Home with a New Warranty
A roof defect can have devastating consequences. If it begins to leak or the quality of the installation is not as advertised, it can cause damage to the rest of your home and require you to pay even more for repairs.
However, installing a new roof will also get you a new warranty. Many of these warranties will cover common situations, such as unexpected shingle defects. This warranty will give you additional protection and help you breathe easier.
When you have your new roof installed, you’ll want to carefully review this warranty so that you know what is and isn’t covered. Working with your Sears Home Services representative can help you fully understand your warranty and give you the confidence that professionals have optimally installed your roof.
Hire a Roofing Company Today
When it comes to keeping your home safe and comfortable, your roof plays an important role. At Sears Home Services, we can help you keep your roof in peak condition so that you can rest easy knowing it will do its job well.
To do this, we’ll send a professional installer to visit your home and determine the materials needed and answer any questions you may have. And once we install your new roof, our experts will inspect the site and guarantee your satisfaction.
If you are in the market to find a new roof, trust our vetted, trained technicians from Sears Home Services to walk you through the process. We will help you find the right roof for your home, and scheduling an appointment is quick and easy. See what a new roof can do for your home today.