Major roof repair or roof replacement is costly, so some homeowners delay taking these steps for as long as possible. Typically, these structures are built to last for decades. Of course, you also have to factor in the quality of the original installation, and the weather conditions they are exposed to year after year. Some homeowners insist that there is no need to change their roofs if the old one is stilling holding up. They may dismiss roof inspections and suggestions about repairs as attempts to make money, but there are good reasons to consider replacing your old roof.
Better Materials Available
If you want to protect the interior of your home, you need to use the best materials possible. Even if your old roof was made of the best material available 15 years ago, you can find stronger, more reliable materials today. Think of it as giving your home the best chance to stand up to the elements, and to protect your family and precious items from leaks. There may be problems with the frames or in the corners that you are unaware of, even if you perform regular visual inspections. Updating your roof is simply a matter of being prepared.
If you are buying home insurance, your roof has to be in good shape. In fact, if you have to file a claim at some point, it may be denied if the roof is old and it was poorly maintained. If there is damage due to rough weather, they will still be able to tell if the roof is old, and whether it was in need of repair before the weather incident.
A new roof will not only make your home look more attractive, it will boost the value as well. This is an investment in your home that will continue to be worth it in the years to come. What might seem like an additional expense is actually a way to increase the value of your property, even if you have no plans to sell. Potential buyers may even request a new roof before they sign the contract to buy your home or ask for a substantial decrease in the sale price if they anticipate roof work in the near future.
You might think that your old roof is not leaking, but this is not always easy to spot. In fact, some people have seepage in their homes for months or years without even realizing it. Leaks do not always cause the obvious dripping that prompts calls to roof repair specialists. Leaks will eventually lead to rot and the growth of mold, so it is safer to have a new one installed.
New Roof Warranty
You should also consider replacing your old roof since the new one will come with a warranty. This type of protection would most likely have already run out on your old roof. Putting up a new structure will not only protect your home, it will give you added comfort. There is good chance that your old roof is near the end of its life so call for an inspection and if necessary, replace it as quickly as possible. Michael F Whalen Contracting is located in New Kensington, Pennsylvania and serves the greater Pittsburgh area. Call us at 724-335-8515 any time to discuss roofing options for your home.