If your roof is getting pretty old, you may be thinking that it’s time to start looking into having a new one installed. Of course, this is a rather pricey home improvement job, so it makes sense if you are a bit hesitant to shell out the money to have it done. When weighing out the pros and cons, however, you are likely to see that the many advantages of having a new roof installed make the investment well worth the cost. If your roof is more than 20 years old, read on to learn some of the many benefits of a new roof installation.
Benefit 1: Energy efficiency
If your older roof is deteriorating, this can allow heat to escape from your house in the winter, thus increasing your energy costs. A new roof, properly installed, can provide a strong seal against the elements and lower your heating costs. Additionally, dark roofs absorb heat and this can raise you cooling costs in the summertime. If you choose a lighter colored roof, you can save money on air conditioning as well.
Benefit 2: Manufacturer’s warranty
If your roof is older, the manufacturer’s warranty on the shingles may have already expired. Most new, quality, asphalt shingles come with a warranty of about 25 years. Other, more expensive roofing material may have warranties that last up to 50 years. When you have a new roof installed today, you can rest assured that the investment will last for many years to some. Bear in mind, however, that manufacturer’s warranties require you to have the roof installed by a qualified roofing contractor.
Benefit 3: Increased safety
Many people living under old, damaged or worn-out roofs do not consider the safety concerns these roofs pose. An older roof can allow water into your home, which, in addition to the property damage it can cause, may also lead to the formation of mold spores which can pollute the air that you and your family breathe. Furthermore, older roofs may be more prone to forming ice dams and icicles, which can pose a safety threat to people walking near your house.
Benefit 4: New roofs have a high return on investment (ROI)
A new roof can greatly improve the resale value of your house. In fact, according to Chris Baughman, a contributor to Angie’s List’s Experts Contributor Program, “A roof replacement can increase home resale value by a national average of nearly $12,777.” If you are planning to sell your home in the next few years, having a new roof installed today can lead to a faster sale on your home, and the added value can make the installation pay for itself.
Benefit 5: A new roof color can improve the appearance of your home
If you have been wanting to give your house a facelift, new colors on your siding, trim, shutters and front door can make a big difference. These colors need to be coordinated with your roof color, however. If a new roof is needed in the near future, making the change now will enable you to coordinate all your colors to end up with a remarkable and striking new appearance for your home.
Contact BHI for More Information
If the thought of a new roof sounds better to you, it is time to find an experienced and trustworthy roofing contractor to do the installation job. Residents in the southwestern Chicago suburbs can turn to Baltic Home Improvements. We are a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business and we have received awards from the BBB and Angie’s List for our exceptional customer service. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule a free evaluation of your new roof installation job.
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