If you've recently purchased a home and aren't completely aware of all the maintenance that was previously done on your home, it might be good to get your home's roof evaluated. Some roofing issues could actually cost you money because they are not energy-efficient in the way they've been built. As your roof is your first line of defense against the elements, it's essential that you keep it in good repair. There are three important roofing updates you shouldn't delay.
Shingles Should Be Replaced If Damaged or Old
Some people may not think a missing shingle or two is a big deal, but one missing piece could lead to the wood part of your roof rotting and getting holes. A roof that has not been updated with completely new shingles in over ten years should be looked at for needed repairs. Usually, around twenty years is when the standard asphalt roof needs to have completely new shingles installed. While tile roofs may last much longer, they may also need to be replaced if there has been a lot of damage from debris or people walking on the tiles when getting on the roof. Metal roofs last the longest, but they also can develop issues with rust and other problems if not properly maintained. If you are unsure of the condition of your roof, a residential roofing company can evaluate the approximate age of your roof and when a replacement is due.
Insulation Should Be Added If Not Currently Installed
In general, roofs are not well great at keeping air from the home inside or air from the outside from getting inside. That is why insulation products for the roof have become so important. A homeowner can make their roof completely energy-efficient by adding foam insulation below the roof, which is done inside of the attic of the home. While there are a few different ways to insulate the attic, the newest method is sprayed into place. It's a foam material that hardens and completely seals off the attic. This means that all of the hot air in your home during the winter won't leave out of the attic. The same is true with cold air from your air conditioner. A well-insulated attic saves people a great deal of money over the course of a year in utility costs.
Replacing old or damaged roofing materials doesn't have to be done often, but it does have to be done when it's needed. It will help you avoid serious damage to the interior of your home. Adding insulation will also protect your home from the elements and bring in additional savings by preventing waste. These simple updates will add value to your home, so they are worth the cost.
For more tips, reach out to a residential roofing contractor in your area.