We tend to take the roof over our heads for granted, unless it starts leaking, that is. But a roof is one of the most important parts of any home, and a good roof comes with a host of benefits but the cost of a new roof can really add up.
A good roof can lower your heating bills. A good roof will keep your attic dry. And a good roof will even help you sell your home quicker. For all these reasons, it’s important to take the little steps to keep your roof in top condition.
The key to roof maintenance really is the eyeball test. At the beginning of each change of season, stand outside your home and look up at your roof. Do you notice any loose or missing shingles? Do you see any broken shingles? How about warped shingles? All of these are cause for concern.
If you do notice any problems, call a local roofing contractor immediately. With a roof, it’s best to correct small problems before they develop into bigger ones. Remember this simple rule: Small roofing repairs cost small dollars; big ones cost big ones.
You should also keep track of your roof’s age. Even the best roof will begin to break down after 15 years or longer. When a roof gets too old, it gradually loses its ability to keep the heat inside your home on cold days. If you want to see how well your roof is doing its job of trapping warm air inside your home, stand outside your house the day after a big snowstorm. Is the snow that was on your home melted? Has it disappeared? This is a sign that heat is escaping through your roof. If this is the case then you should look in to new home insulation as well as a new roof.
It’s also a bad sign. If your roof isn’t doing its job of trapping heat, you’ll end up paying more each month in heating bills. In the long run, it will be cheaper to pay a contractor to repair or replace your aging roof.
You may have to do the same if you put your home on the market. The condition and age of the roof is often a deal-breaker when it comes to selling a home. Buyers, not surprisingly, want any home they purchase to have a newer, well-maintained roof. That’s why homeowners are often forced to pay contractors to either repair or replace a roof before a home sale can close.
The benefits of a good roof are many. The negatives of one that’s in bad shape are even greater. So take care of your roof. If you do, it will take care of you in return.