If you’re a fan of HGTV, you know the focus is often on curb appeal and things like paint colors, landscaping, and the front entrance.
But as any good home inspector or realtor will advise, homeowners and homebuyers should also keep an eye on the roof.
The roof is critical to your peace of mind, comfort, and value preservation. Cazeault Roofing has been in the roofing business in Massachusetts since 1927, and we know that a new roof isn’t as sexy as a remodeled kitchen, finished playroom, or pool. We also know it’s not a do-it-yourself project.
A new roof can provide an excellent return on investment (ROI), making the house more attractive and help it sell faster, though it may not raise the sale price. Many experts estimate the ROI on a new roof at around 60 percent – perhaps not as high as a new kitchen remodel.
A new roof certainly is the most important part of your house in terms of protecting your largest investment – the home and all your possessions! If your roof is over 20 years old, it’s a prime candidate for replacement.
Signs That You May Need a New Roof
- Cracked, torn, bald, or missing shingles
- Loose material near chimney, vents, pipes
- Excessive amounts of shingle granules in the gutters
- Interior signs of moisture, mold, fungus, or bacteria
Manufacturers warranty their products, but only if installed by a licensed roofing contractor. (Another caveat about doing it yourself!) The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is about 18 years, but many factors can affect its longevity, including color, angle, orientation, attic ventilation, trees, installation, and climate.
A leaky roof can lead to interior problems such as mold, or structural issues like rotted wood. Perform semiannual inspections to identify and address problems to help extend the roof’s life. (Binoculars will help!)
And while you may be a do-it-yourself genius, when it comes to roofing’s specialized training and tools, your best bet is to call a licensed, professional roofing contractor.
How to Choose a Roofing Contractor
Shop for a roof the way you shop for any large purchase. Ask friends, relatives, and neighbors for names of companies they’ve used. Obtain quotes from three roofing specialists and make sure you compare apples to apples – i.e., quality, brand, warranty, experience, etc. Does the roofer provide a workmanship warranty in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty? Are they insured and licensed? Will they provide at least three references from recent customers? Are there any complaints against them? Do they offer products by top manufacturers?
Other Services and Products to Consider
If you ever have damage caused by tree branches, heavy snow, or high wind, contact an experienced roofer – their team can guide you through any insurance claims. Also, consider solar panels – they ultimately may not cost you anything thanks to tax incentives, rebates, and energy credits. Going solar may also add to your home’s resale value.
Cazeault Roofing is one of the region’s leading solar panel distributors and installers. Often, combining a new roof and solar energy system installation can be a major win-win.
The Bottom Line
A new roof is often not as exciting as granite countertops or a cozy family room. But take pride in the protection and added value that a quality roof can provide.