Many homeowners are well aware of the warning signs that they need a new roof. Warning signs such as loose or broken shingles, moss or algae growing on the roof, leaks or damp or rotten areas under the roof. However, it's often better to replace your roof before these signs appear. Timely roof replacement is often far more economical than dealing with the many problems and repairs caused by an old or damaged roof. Here are a few good reasons to consider replacing your roof now.
Keep Tabs on the Time
Even a well-made roof won't last forever. The National Association of Home Builders has found that a slate, copper or tile roof can last for more than a half-century. Wood shake roofs last for about 30 years, while roofs with fiber cement shingles last for about 25 years. Asphalt shingle roofs and composition roofs only last about 20 years. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, it's probably time to replace it.
It is also important to note that severe inclement weather will wear down just about any roof, shortening its expected lifespan. Snow, hail, wind and severe rain are particularly bad for roofs. Georgia summers also wreak havoc on roofs, especially those that do not have a UV coating to block ultraviolet rays.
Increase Home Value
Replacing your roof is one of the best renovations you can perform if you intend to sell your home in the near future. It has been estimated that a new roof can boost a home's value by as much as $12,000. That is because many new roofs are not only attractive but are also made to reflect solar heat in the summer, thereby reducing the home's cooling costs.
If you want to reduce your energy bills drastically, then consider installing solar shingles on the roof. You can save up to 60 percent on energy bills with these attractive and durable shingles that look just like regular roof tiles but can be used to power your HVAC unit and a host of other electronic appliances and devices. In many areas, you can even sell the extra power generated from solar shingles to the local electric grid.
If you're still thinking, "Should I replace my roof or wait awhile?" then contact Findlay Roofing for a free roof analysis and roof replacement estimate. Our trained and experienced professionals can not only give you expert advice but also help you pick the type of roofing that best suits your needs and budget. We use only the highest quality materials and offer a much longer warranty than other roofing companies in the Atlanta and North Georgia areas.