Your roof is critical to the safety and security of your home, so it stands to reason why you would want to keep it in the best shape possible. If your roof is more than a decade old, you may need to have it replaced. A new roof is one of the best ways to protect your home from the elements and to ensure good energy efficiency. Here are six ways you'll benefit from a new roof.
1. Increase Your Property Value
You invest time and money into your home, so you want it to maintain its property value. If it doesn't, you lose out on valuable benefits. If your roof is in shambles, your property value isn't where it should be. If you want to refinance your home, replace your roof first. The new roof will add to the value of your home.
2. Improve Your Curb Appeal
If you are selling your home, the exterior of your home is the first thing prospective buyers see. You want the appearance of your home to reflect the effort that you put into your investment. If your roof is in bad shape, your home doesn't look its best. A new roof will improve your curb appeal and ensure that your home passes the mortgage inspection the first time around.
3. Prevent Mold and Algae
Your roof may have leaks in areas that you can't see. Those hidden leaks are the perfect place for mold and algae growth. Mold isn't just a concern for your roof. It's also a concern for your home and your health. A small patch of mold can grow through the shingles and down into your home. If you or a family member suffer from allergies or asthma, mold will make your symptoms worse.
Out of control algae growth also destroys the surface of your shingles. A new roof eliminates the hidden leaks and reduces the risk of mold and algae growth.
4. Protect the Underlayment
Your shingles are installed over an underlayment that covers the entire roof structure. The shingles protect the underlayment from damage caused by environmental factors such as water and sun rot. Damaged shingles expose your underlayment to increased risk.
If your underlayment is damaged, you have to repair or replace it. Avoid the cost of underlayment replacement with the installation of new shingles.
5. Reduce Your Risk of Injuries
A damaged roof puts you at risk for slip and fall injuries, either on the roof or in your home. Asphalt shingles have a granule surface that prevents slip and fall accidents. You need that protection when you're walking on the roof.
Wind, rain, and the natural aging process leave your shingles with a smooth surface. If you walk on smooth shingles, you’re at an increased risk of falling off the roof. New shingles give you the slip-resistant surface you need.
A leaky roof also increases your risk of slip and fall accidents, especially if puddles form in your home. Avoid those risks with a new roof.
6. Lower Your Insurance Premiums
Insurance companies pay close attention to the condition of the homes they insure. Your roof plays a role in determining the cost of your homeowners policy. Damages that are not repaired and roofing material that is weather-beaten or worn down by age all work to increase the cost of your insurance. A new roof lowers your risk for claims and lowers your overall premiums.
Your roof provides protection for your entire home. If your roof is more than a decade old or shows signs of severe damage, contact us at Hayco Roofing. We'll provide you with the quality workmanship you deserve.