07/03/2013 | By Scott Siegal
Make Your Roof Replacement Project a Successful Investment
The majority of homeowners today see few benefits to a roof replacement and they really don’t want replace their roof unless they absolutely have too. However, once a homeowner decides it is time to replace the roof on their home, they have some tough choices to make.
A roof replacement project can be an investment in your home or an expense. It depends on several factors, such as will you be hiring a roofing professional to do the job or taking a huge risk and doing the work yourself. Replacing your own roof is the one option I would recommend that you don’t choose. Most people think that replacing a roof is much easier than it actually is and you run the risk of injury to you, or whoever you enlisted to help you with the work.
The goal for any homeowner when hiring a roofing contractor is to make sure the project was completed without any problems. If the roofing contractor’s work was completed on time and on budget, resulting in a beautiful new roof, the homeowner can take pride in the fact they have made a successful investment in their home. However if the roof replacement project didn’t go smoothly and there were problems with the contractor, or the new roof has not performed the way it should, then the homeowner will never be happy and the project just became an expense.
How Does a Roof Replacement Benefit the Homeowner?
Homeowners have to understand that once they notice a problem with their roof, there is a good chance that the roof has been deteriorating over time and is in worse condition than they realize. The longer a bad roof is exposed to the elements day after day, month after month, and year after year, it deteriorates to the point that it no longer can protect your home.
Like most industries, the roofing industry has changed tremendously in the last 10 to 15 years. If you are unsure about replacing your roof, then here are some benefits to consider that may change your mind.
The first benefit is safety – As your roof gets older it starts to deteriorate and it loses its ability to protect the interior of your home from the elements. Not only is your home exposed to water damage, you are at risk to mold growth in areas of your home that you can’t see, like the inside your walls or in the attic space. Water intrusion can also cause the drywall to buckle, the paint to peel and cause damage to the insulation in your attic.
The second benefit is a Manufacture Warranty – A manufacture warranty only becomes a benefit if you hire a Certified Contractor, one that is authorized to offer a long term warranty by the materials manufacture. Depending on which manufacture made the roofing materials, your roof replacement may come with a warranty that covers materials and labor, for the life of the roof. This type of warranty provides the homeowner with some peace of mind.
The third benefit is a Maintenance Plan – Some certified contractors offer maintenance plans with all new roofs they install. They will usually offer the maintenance plan as part of the original roof replacement contract. The benefit to the homeowner of having a maintenance plan is that according to an agreed upon schedule, the contractor will come out and check the roof for damage, leaks, or soft spots and most of the time clean any debris from the roof and gutters. While this is an expense that will most likely be paid monthly, a maintenance plan will extend the life of the new roof, saving the homeowner a considerable amount of money in the long run.
Replacing the roof on your home is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly or made on a whim. However, with careful consideration in selecting and hiring a certified contractor, using the right materials for the job, you will make a solid and long term investment in your home.
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