When old roofing begins to fail, it creates an immediate and urgent need, but investing in a professional roof replacement pays dividends long after solving the immediate crisis.
As a Florida homeowner, you are concerned about the safety, durability, and long-term functionality of your roofing. While re-roofing too soon could be unwise, waiting too long puts your home and your financial investment in it at risk.
Here are seven key long-term benefits of timely roof replacement that every homeowner should be aware of:
1. Reduce Roof Repair Needs & Costs
As shingles age, the probability of a roof leak occurring gradually rises. New roofing is far less likely to spring a leak – it’s as simple as that.
At some point, the maintenance costs of frequent roof repair needs begin to pile up and make it no longer worth it to delay roof replacement any longer. If you have to get a roof repair two, three, or more times every single year, odds are you’re better off in the long run by investing in a new roof.
Higher-quality roofing material is going to need less maintenance over the years. High-grade, dimensional asphalt shingles (for example) cost more upfront but last longer and have fewer repairs (on average) over their lifespan.
But whichever material you choose, new roofing is going to require less maintenance than old roofing.
2. Avoid Water Damage to Your Home’s Interior
Aside from damage to the roof and roofing itself and the cost of long-term maintenance, you also have to think about avoiding water damage to your home’s interior.
Interior water damage can mean warped drywall ceilings and walls, ruined hardwood flooring, destroyed electronics, soaked carpeting and couches, and more. Overall, you can easily spend hundreds to thousands of dollars repairing the interior of your home in the aftermath of a roof leak.
Far better to minimize the risk of that happening by investing in brand new roofing!
3. It’s Your Chance to Improve Your Roof “Below the Shingles”
Another benefit of roof replacement is that you get to open up the roof and see what’s underneath. That means that warped plywood roof deck pieces are exposed and replaced, quality underlayment can be installed, and newer, better flashing, drip edge, and adhesive ice & water protection can be laid down.
A secondary water barrier and a roof deck in optimal condition will combine with your layer of roofing shingles to maximize your new roof’s performance for many years to come!
4. Increased Energy Efficiency
New roofing tends to be more energy-efficient than old roofing. Remember that most of the heat escapes from your home through the roof. And your roof is also important when it comes to insulation and ventilation of the whole house below it.
Pair up your new roof with better or more attic insulation, maybe a radiant barrier below the roof deck, new roof vents and fans, or even solar panels on the rooftop – and you can save a lot of money month on month going forward!
5. Liability and Home Insurance Benefits
There are certain long-term benefits of roof replacement that might not immediately come to mind. One of these is the fact that new roofing is safer, less likely to cause an accident, and therefore less likely to create a liability issue.
Also, homeowners insurers may not be willing to insure your roofing after it passes a certain age, passes its manufacturer’s warranty limit, or is simply in bad condition. Conversely, you may be able to get better or cheaper coverage with new roofing, depending on your insurance company’s rules on such matters.
6. Longer Durability, Less Stress!
New roofing is going to last longer because it’s new but also because it may be a better-built material than what is currently on your roof.
That means you won’t have to think about roof replacement again for a very long time. And it means you won’t have the constant stress of worrying about whether your roof is going to hold up against the next major Florida storm that rolls along.
7. Increased Resale Value for Your Home
Another long-term benefit of roof replacement is that it greatly improves your home’s market value. It makes it faster and easier to sell your home, should you ever wish to list it, and generally gets you a better selling price for it as well.
To learn more about taking good care of your roof and about when it may be time to invest in roof replacement, contact the roofing experts at Sheegog Contracting in Central Florida today for a free consultation!