When it comes to replacing anything now-a-days there are many factors that play a part when deciding if it needs to be replaced or not. Most notably, the aesthetics. The decisiveness of a newer appearance of an item can make or break a social status. Staying up-to-date has become a crucial part of being a part of a successful community.
Old phone model? We can tell. Time to upgrade.
Old clothes? That was so last year. Time to upgrade.
Battered shingles? Roof doesn’t look good from the street? I’m losing money!?
Yes, you heard right. When it comes to your roof, not only will a gaudy appearance change how your neighbors look at you but could be costing you thousands of dollars. Think about that, possibly $20,000 down the drain when the trade of getting it done is as much as your deductible, cleverly negotiated with your insurance company. Many companies, in all states, work with the specific intent of getting your roof replaced at a very low cost all for the meaning of increasing the equity of your home. They do make money off doing such (as any company) but the cost of service makes it all worth it. My company, Great Western Roofing & Construction (based out of beautiful Denver, CO) is one such institution that was built on repairing roofs with intent to help out the community as much as they can.
More than most people know, this can be a vital part of not only your own fiscal responsibility, but also, protecting everything you’ve built in your life. Many times, this seemingly small facet of an individual system is over-looked due to the hustle and bustle of everyday life but can cause so much damage when not properly attended to.
A few things to look out for:
-When’s the last time you had work done to your roof?
One of the main indicators that you need a roof replacement is merely for the fact that it is old. If unattended to for such a long time it can slowly degrade due to normal wear and tear. Many roofs are covered for up to 20 years (depending on your policy) but if it has been, at the very least, 10 years then it may be time to replace your roof.
It goes without saying that you want your house to look beautiful. One way to eyeball a roof without being an expert yourself is to simply observe it from the outside and if it strikes you as not looking that great then it might be time to replace it. Just getting the general gist of how the shingles look can help with any indecisiveness.
Generally, referred to as granules. As shingles start withering, they will break off into small pieces that will look like sand. If you start finding this “sand” around your yard, then it is most certainly time to replace your roof.
-Paint doesn’t look too good?
A leaking roof can cause exterior paint around the perimeter to deteriorate. It can even seep into the inside of the house and cause interior damage, exponentially growing the amount you will have to pay to make repairs.
-Bills on the rise?
The ideal roof works as an insulator against tremendous heat or harsh colds. Yet another sign of a roof needing to be replaced is if you are paying more than normal for heating or air conditioning.
These can be crucial steps in avoiding any long-term damage to your home and, overall, avoid disastrous consequences. Choosing the right roofer is just as important. It is a necessity to vet any roofer you may come across. Generally speaking, anybody that has been in business over 5 years (specifically speaking to roofing) is probably a contractor that stands by their work and will do everything within their power to get you taken care of. Great Western Roofing & Construction, for example, has been in business for seven years and has done over 4,000 jobs. This is a staple that we stand by; we are proud of all the happy homeowners we have helped over the years.