It’s easy to neglect a home improvement project – as much as you care about your home (likely your life’s largest financial investment). There are so many other concerns crowding in and so many other things demanding a share of your budget.
But while some projects can be safely postponed, the fact is, roofing is NOT among them! Roof replacement and roof repairs are always urgent, always a priority project.
There are many reasons why this is so. Some of them obvious, some of them not so obvious. Here are the top seven reasons you should never delay taking care of a necessary roof-related home project.
1. A house without a proper water barrier is a horrible place to live!
First of all, the most obvious reason why you should never put off taking care of roof replacement or roof repair projects is that everything else below the roof is protected by it.
Water that gets in through the roof will do great damage, potentially, to your home’s interior and can destroy all manner of personal property kept inside, from furniture to electronics to artwork.
Plus, you have to think about the people living in the home too! Who wants to live with a drip, drip, drop always in their ears (every time it rains) and the constant threat of foul weather invading their dwelling place?
2. You will lose more money than you save by putting it off.
Odds are, those who put off roof-related home repair projects will end up losing more money than they save in the long run. It’s just not worth the risk because by saving money temporarily you end up losing out in the end.
Water leaks cost money. They do further damage to the roofing, the roof deck, the attic ceiling, floor, and insulation, and to other parts of your building. It’s much easier and cheaper to just fix the roof before any of that other stuff happens.
3. Your home insurance policy may not cover it if you are deemed “negligent.”
Another thing to consider is that with most homeowner’s insurance policies, there are certain conditions that apply in order to have a claim covered. One of them is likely that you can’t have been negligent to the point that it resulted in damage or in aggravated damage.
If you wait and don’t call your insurer or the roofer in time, you might lose out on coverage that should have been yours – that you are paying for each month in your premiums.
4. Timely roof repairs tend to extend the life of your roofing.
Another factor to take into account is that acting “on time” in regard to necessary roof repairs is going to extend the lifespan of your roofing. That means you could get years of “extra” service out of it before roof replacement is ultimately necessary.
It’s not always easy to time roof replacement perfectly since there are many decision points that impact it. (You can read more on that by clicking on the preceding link!) But, the bottom line is that better roof maintenance over the course of the years is going to save your roof and save you money.
5. Roof replacement increases the value of your home!
Especially if you are planning on listing your home anytime soon and relocating, you should see roof replacement or repair as an urgent imperative.
The number one question that would-be homebuyers are prone to ask the seller is “How old is the roofing?” You want to be able to answer whether it is brand new or very new or at least that it has recently been inspected, repaired, and upgraded.
That’s going to increase the value or your home and likely get you a higher selling price and a faster sale.
6. Better roofing can boost your building’s energy efficiency.
Another thing to consider is that you are losing money every day if your conditioned indoor air is escaping out through your roof at an inefficient rate. A good roof can have a big impact on boosting your home’s overall energy efficiency.
Of course, you need to combine more efficient roofing with attic insulation and ventilation, efficient HVAC systems, and other energy-saving strategies. But roof replacement can be a major piece of the puzzle that saves you money on your energy bill every month.
7. New roofing would have a huge impact on your home’s “curb appeal.”
For anyone who is eager to improve the looks of his or her home, roof replacement is a virtual must if your roofing is beginning to show its age.
Shingles fade over the years as the hot Florida sun beats down on them, and their granules are gradually swept into your gutters by Floridian rainfall. Shingle-styles also can also go “out of style” after decades have passed by since the initial installation.
Given that around half of your home’s exterior surface consists of roofing, it’s no surprise that roof replacement can have a major impact on any home’s overall curb appeal.
To learn more about all things roof-related, to discuss roof replacement, roof repairs, or roof inspections with a trusted professional, or to schedule a roofing job without delay, contact the Central Florida roofing experts at Sheegog Contracting today!