There’s no doubt that a new roof increases your home’s aesthetic value. The variety of styles and colors available on the market today give homeowners many options from which to choose. Moreover, if you’re putting your home on the market, you’ll recoup a chunk of your installation cost.
That depends on who you’re asking.
Remodeling’s 2019 Cost Value Report shows that a homeowner can recoup 68.2% of their roofing cost if their home goes on the market. The National Association of Realtors Research Group differs with that opinion. Their 2019 Remodeling Impact Report shows that homeowners gain more resale value after installing a new roof making their recovery value 107%! Moreover, they say that 33% of realtors say that a new roof has helped close a sale. Other exterior projects with a great ROI (Return On Investment) are garage doors at a whopping 95% ROI and vinyl windows came in third with an ROI of 71%.
Even if your new roof’s ROI falls somewhere in between, it’s overall value to you as a homeowner exceeds its cost.
We run the weather gamut here in Oklahoma and can experience strong storms and tornadoes year round. There’s also a good chance we’re going to get at least one good snow or ice storm during the winter—and some winters they just don’t seem to stop coming. We just never know. A new roof is our first line of defense against the elements of nature.
No matter where you live, your roof protects your home from storm debris which commonly comes in the form of tree limbs. It also needs to hold up over the winter when the snow begins to pile up. We often don’t think about how heavy it is until we see a story on the news about a roof collapsing under the weight—we’ll hope you’re always seeing it on the news and not the news, by the way!
It might be a good idea to consider beefing up your roof with added storm protection while the new one’s being installed. Roof ties, commonly known as hurricane clips, are used to secure rafters, trusses, or joists to the wood framework. And, to add even more protection, head up to the attic. Run a bead of construction adhesive along each connection between the roof sheathing and rafters in a continuous bead. It’s going to make your roof three times more resistant to uplift! All for the cost of a few tubes of glue! Not that’s a pretty good ROI if we ever heard one!
When moisture begins to make its way underneath the roof, your home suffers. Moisture continues to spread and the issues that arise after the fact can become extremely costly.
The problem only grows worse over time, however, it may not be discovered until a leak presents itself in the interior of the home. Sadly, by the time it does, there may be a lot to contend with.
Water travels along the framework of your home creating the perfect conditions for wood rot to thrive. The fungi are continuously airborne so odds are they’ll collect in the water that finds it’s way beneath your roof top and into your attic. Once inside, they take hold of the wet wood and literally suck it dry. It continues to move along the wood leaving a path of decay behind. It takes awhile for real damage to set in, but the effects can be catastrophic!
Black mold also thrives in damp, dark conditions.
“Mold is unhealthy.” said Randy Reece, CEO of Reece Builders / Windows, “If it gets started while hidden in the framework of the home, it could go on for an undetermined length of time. Meanwhile, spores release into the air that circulates throughout the house. It causes respiratory issues that grow worse over time.”
Mold affects your pet’s health too.
A roof in sound condition proves its overall value by protecting your home’s interior against both mold and wood rot.
Going green is far more than a trending topic. Homeowners are actively seeking ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Making our homes as energy efficient and eco-friendly as possible is a big deal—not only for our own families, but for those that come after us.
You can recycle metal roofs and reuse tiles in other ways. Both have extremely long life spans, in fact, it’s possible for them to last 100 years or more! Moreover, homeowners can purchase asphalt shingles that carry an Energy Star rating! They call it cool roof technology. They’re designed to reflect the sun’s solar heat and reduce your cooling costs. Of course, it’s more costly than ordinary asphalt shingles, but when you consider the big picture they may be the right choice for you.
Solar panels are something else to consider. Many homeowners are installing a section of solar panels to absorb energy from the sun. Consult with a professional to see if you’re location would benefit you before jumping in though. The position of your home in comparison to shade and other factors is something to take into account.
You might not have considered it like this, however, the contractor that you hire to install your new roof definitely adds to the overall value. Ensuring they’re professionals is sure to increase the lifespan of your roof. Moreover, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing the job’s well done.
Overall, then, it’s safe to say that a new roof is well worth the investment.
If you see damage, consult an expert immediately! The longer you let it go, the worse it gets. If you’re roof’s fairly new, scheduling an annual inspection isn’t a bad idea. Many roofing companies offer that service. It’s hard to detect roof damage early on. Having periodic inspections can catch a problem at the start saving you big money if it’s discovered later on.
Michelle Williams believes construction is in her DNA. She spent many happy summers on the job site alongside her dad. As time passed, writing became her first love. However, she doesn't hesitate to strap on the tool belt and tackle a project on the side. Her kids love the playhouse!
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