A Wise Investment
Whether your roof has cedar shakes or asphalt shingles, you can typically expect it to last for around 25 to 30 years. Once it reaches this age, however, a roof is most likely operating on borrowed time.
Though old shingles don’t necessarily need to be replaced due to their age, there are a variety of benefits that you can gain from having them replaced.
Increase the Value of Your Home
The simple fact of the matter is that, by replacing the shingles or shakes on your roof, you will be substantially increasing the resale value of your home. After all, home buyers are willing to pay a great deal more for homes with a new roof than they are for homes with an old roof. This is because home buyers know if a home has had their roof replaced they won’t have to incur that expense for many years.
If you’re thinking about selling your home within the next 5 years and you have an older roof, a roof replacement would be a very wise choice. This investment will cost you money in the short-term, but will ultimately save you money in the long run.
Reduce Energy Costs
Roofs serve a variety of different purposes. They exist to provide homes with insulation, preventing the inward and outward flows of both heat and cold, and help to save money on energy costs. Roofs reduce the negative effects of moisture on your home. Also, depending on the style of roof, it can make a huge impact on your homes curb appeal.
Unfortunately, over time, roofs lose their ability to sufficiently insulate your house. Once they lose this ability, you should consider having it replaced. By replacing the roof on your home, you will reduce the costs of your electric and gas bills.
Enhance Your Home’s Aesthetic
Whether your home is covered in asphalt shingles or cedar shakes, your roof will gradually lose its attractive appearance. This is common for roofing materials as they age.
The only realistic way to return your roof to its original new appearance is by having it replaced. Replacing old, faded roofing materials with fresh, new ones will make your home look more aesthetically pleasing.