How Much Value will a New Roof Increase to Your House?
Thinking about a new roof? While it might not be as popular a project as remodeling interior rooms, a new roof has definite advantages including improved resale value, a nicer and newer appearance, lower utility bills and improved warranties.
When it comes to return on investment, Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 report, a new roof can add $14,000 to a home’s value. Add the extra curb appeal you get with a new roof and now you’re seeing why replacing the roof should be a higher priority on the list of projects for your home.
Some older homes have roofs that include asbestos in the material. As we all know, asbestos, though commonly used decades ago, is a massive health risk when people are exposed to it. Therefore, having that professionally removed and replaced with safe materials adds a health value that can’t be quantified.
The curb appeal factor
Most homeowners are concerned mainly with having their roof protect all the valuable stuff under it. However, it’s also a major insulator, and if you’re using some of the newer, high-tech roofing materials, the summer heat is reflected off the roof instead of absorbing it, which is a great relief in terms of cost (utility bills) and comfort.
While the roof serves in an obvious functional manner, a new roof looks great, even if its just new asphalt shingles. However, there are many options out there, including natural wood, which for some homeowners, can’t be beat for it’s natural beauty.
Do you need a new roof?
Replacing your roof is no small feat. While professional roofers can get in and out fairly quickly, there is a cost involved. If your roof has been frequently inspected and maintained, you’re able to 20 or more years out of it. However, if your region has been exposed to severe weather over the years, all the care in the world can’t save it from an eventual need for total replacement.
Here are some telltale signs that your roof might need to be replaced:
- Sand-like granules collecting in your gutters
- Mold along the edge of the roof
- Dented shingles
- Missing shingles
- Torn flashing
- Daylight showing through into the attic
- Dried out caulking under the flashing
- Blistered ceiling paint and/or stains on the interior of the home
It’s time for a replacement – what materials should I use?
New shingle technology is not only durable, it’s also making roofing materials more attractive. Asphalt shingles are no exception, and they are among the most popular materials on the market today due to their affordability and ease of installation, as well as their durability.
For shingles made 20-plus years ago, the average warranty was between 15 and 20 years. However, thanks to the high-grade shingles being made today, some manufacturers will boast a warranty of up to 50 years.
Another popular choice is cedar shake roofing. This material is resistant to the damaging effects of severe weather, and it is incredibly attractive. Furthermore, it’s pest resistant and when installed properly, will age gracefully from a natural wood tone to an attractive gray, silver-like tone.
Choose only the best roofing contractor
At VIS Exterior, we’ve got many years of experience with a variety of roofing materials. Our multi-step process includes all pre-project work, which involves the inspection of the old roof and consultation with the client on materials and costs. We will remove the old roof (if needed), expertly install the new roofing system, completely clean up all clutter and debris, and perform a final inspection during the job completion process.
Contact us today and let’s talk about the value you’re going to get out of having your roof replaced by our team of professional roofers. You’ll find out quickly why we’re among the top locally owned and operated roofing companies in Illinois.