Roof installation is a necessary and sought-after home improvement project in the Hampton Roads area. The most common type of roofing material in the U.S. is asphalt shingles because they are affordable. They also come in varying degrees of durability (3-tab, architectural, and premium) so that you can choose the best option for your requirements and budget. Many asphalt roofs in Hampton Roads will be reaching their lifespan this year (10-30 years)1. Let's review the benefits of replacing your roof and why it might be a priority.
Not only is an old roof uninviting, but it’s dangerous. Water leaks cause mold to grow which affects your indoor air quality and causes overall sinus irritation. In addition, gaps in the roof allow all kinds of critters to make themselves at home: mice, bats, birds, squirrels, possums, raccoons, etc. Much worse - the continuous water damage could cause the roof to collapse.
When you’re selling your home, a damaged roof may be a true deal-breaker. Buyers have valid concerns about a deteriorating roof because it may prevent them from being insured or getting approved for a loan. If you need to sell your home in a timely manner, then investing in a new roof will increase the value, time to sell, and curb appeal. Taking care of the roof is one less concern for the buyer.
Another problem with a damaged roof is that it allows air to escape. Gaps in a roof cause your HVAC system to cycle more frequently which drives up utility bills. If the HVAC system is running more often, it is likely to malfunction sooner. It is wise to repair or replace your roof to improve its efficiency.
Roof repairs / replacement are a critical part of home maintenance. Procrastinating this task can increase the cost of your job if the roof decking and structural components become damaged. By making roof maintenance a priority, you can preserve underlying materials and save money.