When it comes to home improvements, there are few things as vital as the roof over your head. It provides shelter for you and your family, and protects your belongings. With certain types of shingles, it can even improve energy efficiency as well as the overall look of your home.
A new roof is a big investment, but you recoup the majority of the cost when you sell your house. The nationwide average cost to replace a roof is $24,700, with an ROI of 66%, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report.
And there’s no need for a roofing project to come as a surprise to any homeowner. When installed correctly, age plays a major role in projecting the timeline for a roof replacement project. The average lifespan of a roof is 15 to 20 years, according to Dave Lincon, a home improvement expert for Sears Home Services. Regular repairs and maintenance can increase the lifetime of the roof and ensure that you’re able to budget for a larger project in the future.
Tips for Keeping Your Roof in Check
To start, find a licensed and bonded roofer who can safely do the work you need—without leaving you liable if there’s an accident.
“In most cases, roof warranties are voided if a licensed contractor didn’t install the product in the first place,” says Lincon.
You can do some things on your own, though. It’s a good practice to use binoculars to inspect the roof from the ground once or twice a year, he says. And check on the roof after high winds or hail, which can damage otherwise healthy shingles.
During these inspections, look for curled or buckling shingles, discoloration, and loose granules under the downspouts.
“If you see anything that looks out of the ordinary, get a professional out there to walk around and find the source of the problems,” he says.
If you find a bare spot or leak, don’t assume you need a full roof replacement—you might just need to repair that spot. A qualified roofer can find the source of the problem and repair it accordingly.
The roofer can also provide a rough of when for when the roof should be replaced, as well as an estimated cost, which allows you to plan and budget accordingly.
That way, you’ll never have to worry about the roof over your head.
Contact Sears Home Services for a free roofing consultation.