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 can be a big investment, but it also tends to pay off. The average cost to replace a roof is $18,913, and these projects have an ROI of roughly 67.6%, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2014 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 Sears home improvement roofing expert. 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 in the event of an accident.
“In most cases, roof warranties will not be enforced if a licensed contractor didn’t install the product in the first place,” says Lincon, director of product management and business development at Sears Holdings.
There are some things you can do on your own, though. It’s a good practice to conduct a ground-based visual inspection at least once or twice a year, he says. It doesn’t hurt to check on the roof after major weather events as well, especially if there were high winds or hail, which can damage otherwise healthy shingles.
During these inspections, Lincon recommends keeping an eye out for curled or buckling shingles, discoloration, and loose granules in the gutters or base areas.
“If you see anything that looks out of the ordinary, get a professional out there to walk around and find the source of the issues,” he says.
In the event that there’s a bare area or leak, don’t automatically 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 will also be able to provide a rough timeframe for when the roof should be replaced, as well as an estimated cost, which allows you to plan ahead and budget accordingly.
That way, you’ll never have to worry about the roof over your head.
Contact Sears for a free roofing consultation.