As a homeowner, here are some facts about roofing that you should know:
- These days, most residential roofs are covered with shingles made from asphalt or fiberglass. These flexible roofing materials are relatively easy to install and contain granules that help the roof repel water. These shingles come in different grades and are guaranteed to last anywhere from 20 to 50 years, depending on the grade and wind speed ratings.
- In the past, many people replaced their shingles by nailing new ones over the old ones. This was not a good practice. The roofing industry has changed and reputable roofers won’t even offer this as a solution to damaged shingles. In fact, doing this will void many manufacturers’ warranties.
- Many homeowners know that curb appeal is one of the most important things to focus on when you’re trying to sell your home or buy a new one. However, many don’t realize that a roof actually has a large impact on a home’s appeal. In addition to protecting the building from the elements, a roof is one of the largest architectural features and has the power to make a home appealing or unappealing.
- The price of a new shingle roof can vary greatly. Many variables that affect the price include where you live, how many layers of shingles are currently on your roof, the pitch of your roof, the square footage of your roof, and how high your roof is off the ground. According to real estate site Zillow.com, a complete roofing system for a 1,600-square-foot home (including tear-off and disposal of all job-related debris) ranges from $6,500 to $15,000. Many or all of these costs may be covered under your home owner’s insurance, but you should double-check to be sure.
- When your roof needs to be replaced, remember that a new roof is not something you should trust anyone to install. Choosing a reputable contractor matters just as much as (if not more than) the price of the roof. A lot can go wrong with a low quality installation in just a few years.