Some homeowners may wonder whether or not they should replace a roof that is functional despite being near the end of its lifespan. It's not a secret that a well-maintained roof can outlast the manufacturer's estimated lifespan. However, the attitude of "if it's not broken, why fix it," should be carefully thought out. The following points identify key reasons to get roof replacements even if the shingles and roof appear to be in good condition.
Individuals should avoid judging the condition of their roofs as the basis for when they need to replace them. It might feel unnecessary to replace roofing materials that are still in good condition. However, imagine the feeling of a well-kept roof finally springing a leak and the materials are no longer covered by warranty. The homeowner would be responsible for the repairs and damages. A new roof would be covered by a new warranty, which should give a homeowner peace of mind. It would also protect any future insurance interests and could lower policy rates.
Access to Better Materials
If the roofing materials have reached the end of their lifespan, there are likely more innovative roofing materials available. They are likely to be of higher quality than the older materials. Technological advancements in roofing materials usually include better insulation and more aesthetically appealing products. There are also roofing products that are being designed to be more energy efficient. Older materials may not have been designed with this in mind. Some homeowners may decide to transition from asphalt shingles and try another material such as metal. Roofing contractors can help individuals compare materials.
Improve Curb Appeal
Despite being in good condition, an aged roof may show signs of aging such as faded materials. Installing a new roof can boost curb appeal and give a home a more updated appearance. Individuals who are planning to sell their homes can use a newly replaced roof to their advantage. It can be used to attract potential buyers and could yield a higher selling price. Many potential buyers want the peace of mind that the home they move into is not likely to need expensive repairs such as a roof replacement for a few years.
Roofing contractors are a good resource to use for additional benefits of investing in a new roof. They can explain how manufacturers determine estimated lifespans and how that will eventually affect a roof in good condition. The lifespans are a good indicator that at some point close to that time frame the materials will start to deteriorate.
Reach out to local roofing contractors to learn more.