As winter comes to an end and spring draws nearer, it’s a good time to start thinking about what home improvement projects will be a priority for your family in the months to come. Replacing your roof with high quality architectural shingles, durable stone-coated steel roofing material, or other modern roofing materials can improve your home’s appearance, efficiency, and resale value. Here are five great reasons to replace your roof this spring.
1. You want better energy efficiency (and a more comfortable home).
Replacing an old roof with one that improves your home’s energy efficiency can save you money on your heating and cooling bills. Energy Star-certified metal and asphalt roofing have pigmented coatings or cooling granules designed to reduce heat gain. This can lower the surface temperature of a roof by up to 50° F, decreasing the amount of heat that enters your home. This can reduce peak cooling demand by 10–15 percent overall, allowing your home to stay more comfortable while using less energy.
2. You want an updated look.
In addition to being less energy efficient, an old, shabby roof can make your home look dated and dilapidated. The vast array of attractive, affordable roofing materials on the market today includes traditional shingles, architectural shingles, stone-coated steel, and much more. One of the most versatile choices is steel roofing, which can be manufactured to look like more natural or traditional materials like slate, cedar, shake, or clay without the drawbacks and expense associated with those materials. Steel roofs are tough, durable, and low maintenance, lasting 40–70 years on average before needing to be replaced and typically coming with a 50-year warranty. Steel roofs can withstand up to 1200-mph winds, resist corrosion and fire, and effectively seal out moisture (preventing the formation of harmful mold, mildew, and rot.) They are an excellent choice to protect your home and keep it looking beautiful for many decades to come.
3. You’re planning to sell your house.
Even if you’re planning to sell your home this year or in the next few years, replacing your roof can be a smart move. According to the National Organization of Realtors, the national median return on investment in a new roof is 105%, placing it among the best home upgrades you can make. It’s also a project that makes an incredibly positive impression on potential homebuyers, according to the same study. Improving your home’s curb appeal can be one way to up your odds of selling your home quickly and getting the best offer.
4. You’re buying a “fixer upper.”
On the other hand, if you’re shopping for a home, you’ll want to consider the age and condition of each prospective property’s roof. If you are willing to replace a roof immediately, this can give you leverage to negotiate a better purchase price. Many sellers simply don’t have the time, desire, or immediate capital to invest in replacing the roof, especially if they are trying to sell during inclement weather or for personal reasons like a job relocation. Getting a deal on a “fixer upper” can allow you to put on an energy efficient, durable, long lasting roof before your family even moves in that will give you the look you want without having to worry about looming roof repairs on an old or damaged roof.
5. Your roof is old or damaged.
Speaking of old and damaged, if winter wasn’t kind to your roof, you may need more than just spot repairs. If you’ve lost significant numbers of shingles, notice bald spots or granule loss, or have areas that are cracked, broken, or peeling, you may need to replace your roof.
You can extend the life of your roof by having it professionally inspected yearly, performing regular preventive maintenance, and attending to issues promptly. But despite best efforts, roofs don’t last forever. Depending on the type and quality of its component materials, a roof can be expected to last anywhere from 10 to more than 50 years. If you have harsh weather conditions, a darker roof that absorbs more heat, a flat or gently pitched roof, or a south-facing surface that gets a lot of sun, your roof may age faster than expected.
Hedrick Construction’s roofing experts perform all kinds of roofing inspections, from emergency roofing damage inspections after a severe weather event to routine annual roof inspections on homes in the Ankeny, Ames, and Huxley areas. We’ll make recommendations about whether repair or replacement is most appropriate in your situation and provide you with a free estimate for recommended roofing services. Contact us today for all your roofing needs.
Spring is the perfect time to have your roof replaced! Click the button below to schedule your spring roof replacement now.