Your home is one of your biggest investments, so it is imperative that you protect it. A new roof is one of the best ways to help protect your home as it will help you avoid several types of dwelling damage that could occur with an outdated or damaged roof. Here are a few of the major types of damages a new roof helps you avoid:
1. Extensive Water Damage
One of the most common damages associated with roofs is extensive water damage caused by roof leaks. Old roofs are often compromised in multiple places and are no longer sealed well. This makes them prone to leaking, which allows water into the home.
Ceilings can become stained and damaged. But, more importantly, moisture over a longer period of time can lead to more serious damages and can further compromise the home’s structural integrity. This is why noticeable water damage is one of the signs your roof needs to be replaced.
2. Damage from Pests
Older or damaged roofs are also more susceptible to damage from pests including rodents and/or insects. Often, when roofs become less than weather-proof, they also provide places for pests to enter the home. Not only do they make a home dirty, but some pests can also cause permanent damage to the portions of the home they inhabit.
When you are considering replacing your roof, it is often a good idea to also examine the other portions of the home close to the roof. Anything that is damaged should also be replaced. Even with brand new shingles, missing or damaged soffit and fascia can create prime places for pests to enter your home, for moisture to collect, and for water damage to continue to occur.
3. Damage from Mold or Mildew
When your old roof is failing to keep excessive moisture at bay, it can lead to types of damage that should be of great concern like mold and mildew. Attic spaces are typically dark areas. So, when moisture enters these spaces, it creates a prime place for mold and mildew to grow. Over time, the moisture can lead to rotting trusses.
Mold and mildew are also serious concerns when it comes to indoor air quality and the health of the inhabitants of your home. If your old roof is allowing moisture to create these types of damages, it is important to do something immediately! Avoiding the condensation and moisture buildup that leads to this type of damage is also one of the reasons why proper roof ventilation is important.
4. Damage to Your Property Value and Curb Appeal
Old, missing, or weathered shingles can really hurt your home’s curb appeal. In addition, these things will hurt your property’s value. A new roof refreshes the exterior of a home aesthetically while also providing important structural and functional benefits as it deters many of the physical damages associated with an old or damaged roof! Plus, increasing the property value and curb appeal are only a small sample of the benefits of a new roof.
5. Damage to Your Wallet
Although it can be a big investment in your home, a new roof ultimately saves you damage to your wallet. If left unchecked, water damage, damage from pests, and more can create a lot of extra expenses over time and can create the need for extensive repairs. Not to mention an outdated or damaged roof is one of the ways you might be losing money on your energy bills.
By investing in a new roof, you can avoid these consequences and help save your wallet. Additionally, a new roof gives you an opportunity to make your home far more energy-efficient. This can result in significant savings on your heating and cooling bills! Over time, a new roof is an investment in your home that will more than pay for itself.
These are just a few of the major damages a new roof helps you avoid. If you are considering a new roof for your home, or even if you aren’t sure if you are in need of one, give one of our representatives a call and we can help you determine the best plan for your home. Partnering with an experienced and reputable home improvement contractor will help ensure a successful project that exceeds your expectations! Give Zephyr Thomas a call today at (717) 399-4708 to start the conversation!