Last month, we taught you how to tell if your roof needs to be replaced. Some homeowners are afraid of the cost of a new roof, preferring to spend that money on upgrades they can see and feel. It is because of this that many homeowners put off replacing their roofs until it is too late, leading to costly repairs. We have all seen the beautiful homes in Dover, but did you know that these beautiful homes are only beautiful because they upkeep their roofs? In fact, homeowners may not realize how many benefits they can gain from investing in a new roof.
Apart from adding some great curb appeal to your home, this home improvement project can enhance your family’s comfort and your home’s property value. Here are a few reasons why you should consider investing in a new roof with Matera Roofing.
Reasons Why A New Roof Is Worth the Investment
A new roof not only looks good, but it also protects you and your family from damaging winds and storms. If your roof is getting closer to the end of its lifespan, it may not hold up to a strong weather event, costing you even more in repairs due to leaks, roof damage, or structural issues.
A lot has changed in the last 25 years since your roof was installed, and new materials and technologies have been developed to protect your home from the unexpected.
Warning Signs Your Roof Has Been Damaged
Roof damage does not get better over time, and in most cases, it gets much worse. Even the tiniest crack or hole in your roof can allow water to enter your home, putting you at risk of health and safety concerns.
You can usually spot a leaky roof by looking for a water stain on your ceiling, but there are other signs to watch for, as well. Having your roof inspected by a licensed roofing contractor annually will help identify potential problems, such as:
- Curled, cracked, or buckled shingles
- A sagging roofline
- Cracked or damaged tiles
- Gaps between the roofing boards
We are well into hurricane season here in Florida, and if your roof has borne the brunt of some nasty weather, it is worth your while to check for damage before another storm system moves in.
Helping You Be Green
Going green is gaining popularity—and for good reason! Getting a new roof will increase the appeal of the home (and the appeal to potential buyers), as well as prevent any leaks or cracks in the structure, keeping air from escaping.
Because your living environment is well insulated, your heating and cooling systems will not have to work as hard to keep it cool and comfortable. Investing in a new roof keeps your family comfy, and saves you money on your energy bills!
Increase Your Property Value
Replacement of a roof is an investment—not just for the immediate future, but for future owners as well. The average American family lives in the same house for roughly 13 years before moving. Since the average roof lasts closer to 15–20 years, in addition to investing in your home while you are living in it, you will also be investing for the next owner too.
The assurance that they will not need any further repairs for over a decade makes replacing your roof very appealing to homebuyers.
It is important to consider many factors when choosing a roof. The pitch, the material used-not to mention if a skylight or solar panels should be included. What color will look best for your home? The following tips can make the process of choosing a roofing material easier, whether you’re building a new home or replacing your current roof.
Finding the Right Materials
The options homeowners have when it comes to choosing the right asphalt roofing material in Florida are endless, and every choice has benefits and drawbacks.
Because they are low-maintenance and extremely cost-effective, asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material on the market. The architectural-style asphalt shingles can withstand Florida’s wild weather and hold up to the worst torrential rains. Asphalt shingles in Florida are required to be algae-resistant to protect your home from damage caused by the buildup of algae over time.
Choosing the Right Color
Did you know that your shingles’ color contributes greatly to your home’s temperature? Dark-colored shingles absorb heat from the sun, which in turn warms your attic and home. On the other hand, light-colored shingles reflect the sun’s rays, keeping your home cool while increasing its energy efficiency. Choosing the perfect color to compliment your house can be difficult, so rely on the experts at Matera Roofing to help you make the perfect selection.
Adding Extra Features
Adding solar panels, a skylight, or attic fans to your house can make it feel more like home—and substantially boost its resale value. To reduce the possibility of leaks or damage, always have these features installed by a certified, licensed roofer. For homeowners who want to reduce their energy bills and create a more environmentally friendly home, solar-powered attic fans and solar panels are becoming increasingly popular.
Choosing the Right Contractor
It may be tempting to hire a larger company that has locations across the country when choosing a roofing contractor. After all, brand names mean something, right? However, large companies may not offer the level of service and attention that your home requires.
If you need a new roof installed, you should choose a local roofing contractor—here’s why:
Local roofing contractors are familiar with your area. If you need help choosing a roof type, they can offer advice based on their knowledge of the local weather and area. Additionally, they are familiar with your city’s building codes, which means less stress on your part when it comes to ensuring that your roof is in compliance.
Large corporations and national chains have the advantage of having marketing departments and advertising budgets. Sure, they look shiny-but how do you know they will deliver? You can get recommendations from actual members of your community when you hire a local company. Look for local businesses with an established reputation, and rest assured knowing that you chose a company that has earned your business.
Your local contractor can provide personalized support tailored to your specific needs. Large companies may see you as just a number, but to a local company, you are their neighbor. All the help and support you need to take care of your home is only a phone call away!
Sense of Community
If you hire a local contractor, you’re choosing a company that is part of your community. If you choose a company based on a recommendation, you’re likely to get quality work. Additionally, many of these companies give back to the communities in which they operate. Choosing a local contractor benefits your community as well.
Matera Roofing Can Help!
If your roof is looking tired, now is the perfect time for an upgrade—with all the great benefits a new roof has to offer, you will be glad you did. At Matera Roofing Inc., we’re proud to be your source for professional roofing services, including repairs and replacements. Check out our residential roofing services, or give us a call at (813) 971-2527 to request an estimate.