There are many key aspects to a home, but there is one that doesn't always get the attention it deserves. The roof protects a family from the wind and the rain, from the cold and the sun. There are many times, though, that a homeowner doesn't maintain his or her roof, or is unable to.
That's why the National Roofing Contractors Association declared the first full week in June to be National Roofing Week. Until June 11, the NRCA is encouraging roofing contractors and anyone else involved in helping people maintain their roofs to spread the word of the importance of this home feature, Qualified Remodeler reported.
One thing business owners can do is make sure their customers are able to check their roof for signs of disrepair, and to make improvements if they are called for. The National Association of Realtors Remodeling Impact Report stated that new roofing can cost a homeowner about $7,600. Unfortunately, for some, this is just out of reach, and getting a loan can be tough. But, offering financing at your business can help a homeowner obtain the funds needed to upgrade their roof.
There are many ways you can determine whether your roof is safe enough to last a few more years, or if you would be better off fixing it up. The first and easiest test is age: Do you know how old your roof is? If it's getting close to 25 years, it would be worth investing in a new one, Good Housekeeping explained. If you didn't learn this information when you bought the house, you should be able to find out through your county's property office.
The next thing you'll want to check are the shingles. It's not easy to get a good look at them from the ground, so you may want to get up on top of your home or hire an inspector. If any of the shingles are cracked, warped or completely missing, it's time to get a new roof. Likewise, if there is anything growing on your shingles, like algae or moss, replace them.
While you're close to the gutters, take a look inside there too. If there is sediment that looks like it probably came from the material on your shingles, it's a sign they are wearing down and may not be as strong as they look.
Getting ahead of a problem before it becomes a bigger issue is always a good thing. However, there are other perks to getting a new roof. If you are planning on selling your home anytime soon, a new roof can be a strong selling point. The NAR reported that homeowners typically see a 105 percent return on investment from a new roof.
"A new roof can be a strong selling point."
A new roof can also help you cut your energy costs. Energy.gov explained that in warm weather, the typical roof can get hot quickly in the sun and heat up your home. This causes your air conditioning to work even harder to cool the home down. By installing a cool roof, you can decrease the surface temperature by as much as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This won't heat up your home as dramatically and will require less energy to cool it down.
Now that summer is here, homeowners in some parts of the country should be getting their homes prepared in case of a hurricane. These storms can cause serious damage to a roof, and sometimes even tear it off the home altogether. Getting a new roof - and putting it in properly - can keep your home, family and possessions safe even in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm.