A new roof is an investment. It protects your home and your loved ones from the elements, keeping the cold, rain and snow out. Many people are afraid that the cost of a new roof can set back their bank account, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Over time, you can easily recoup the cost of a roof. Here’s how…
1. Shingle wind rating
Like many building materials, shingles have become more advanced over the years. If your roof is ten or fifteen years old, the shingles may not be as wind-resistant as they could be. Back in the 90s, shingles were only rated for 65 mph winds at best. Nowadays, shingles can withstand winds up to 130 mph. A higher wind rating means more air is kept out (reducing your heating and cooling costs) and you are protected from potential damage.
2. Proper insulation
Like the exterior walls in your home, there is insulation in your roof. Over time, the insulation can deteriorate and lose effectiveness. When a new roof is installed, it’s filled with new insulation, boosting your protection from outside weather and driving your energy bills down.
3. Upgraded underlayment
There is a protective layer underneath the shingle called the underlayment. This is another product that has improved over the years. An upgraded underlayment can prevent moisture from leaking into your home between the shingles. This can reduce your need to repair the roof, prevent water damage, and even lower your homeowner’s insurance.
4. Bringing your home to code
Some older homes aren’t required to meet modern codes because of their age. However, if these homes are brought up to code, there could be a reduction in your homeowner’s insurance or taxes. Roofing codes change often, so yours might not meet current standards.
5. Energy Star rated shingles
Energy Star evaluates and certifies products that meet modern energy efficiency standards. Shingles that are Energy Star rated are highly reflective, which means they send heat away from your home. This reduces the temperature in your attic and your overall cooling costs. Some states also offer a tax credit for using Energy Star shingles.
6. Hurricane straps
A roof is affixed to your home in one of three ways: toe-nailed, clipped, or hurricane strapped. How your roof was attached depends on the age of your home, the quality of the builder and your location. By upgrading to hurricane straps (the strongest method), you can often save money on your homeowner’s insurance. Plus, you won’t lose your roof in a bad storm.
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Written by Joe Chenoweth, President of Smart Roofs
Located in Trumbull, Connecticut, Smart Roofs offers premier solar panel installation and roofing services in Connecticut. Smart Roofs provides quality roofing and solar services to Fairfield County business and homeowners. Their talented roofing and solar teams will design a solution that fits your needs and sticks to your budget. They can help you reduce and even eliminate your monthly electric bill, all while raising the value of your home. Using tax benefits and recently-created SRECs, solar panel installation is more affordable than ever.
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