Getting a new roof sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
It’s a chance to modernise, with fresh new tiles and guttering. It’s the exterior reflection of your inevitably clean and tidy life, displayed for all your neighbours to see…
But wait. What about your priorities? What about your rising energy bills, or short-term investments in things you REALLY need? Aren’t they more important than a new roof right now?
Not necessarily, no! A new roof has loads of benefits. It’s a long-term investment that can reduce short-term costs and tasks, helping you to ultimately live a calmer, more relaxed life. In our non-stop, modern world, shouldn’t this be a priority?
Getting a new roof comes with a world of benefits
Here are the top ten benefits of getting a new roof. Whether short or long term, financial or familial, the benefits are hugely
If you’re looking to sell-up, a new roof can be gold dust in the property market. It incorporates all of the benefits we’ll discuss below, and essentially sells them to the next buyer of the house for a premium – they’ll receive the aesthetic benefits and save themselves precious money and time in return for an increase in the value of your home.
Whilst the location and condition of a home widely affect the resale value of a home with a new roof, it does pay off in the eventual sale of a house. Estimates suggest that, when combined with other money-saving benefits of getting a new roof, resale can help to contribute to a return on investment of a massive 60 – 70%. This means you’ll essentially pay only a fraction of the roof price in the long run.
Heat rises. This means the roof is the place where the most heat escapes from a house, and the reason why heating bills are often higher in homes which have poorly insulated roofs.
To increase energy efficiency, a new roof should have no gaps to allow heat through. It should also be fitted with excellent quality insulation to provide an extra heat seal over the house. Even the roof colour can affect its heating abilities – in cold climates, a dark colour is best to absorb outside heat and vice versa.
A new roof could save you a couple of hours heating per cold day, and completely reduce the need in the warmer months. Monthly bills demanding lower prices will help your general wellbeing too!
It also reduces the regularity of roofing checks and maintenance calls, and thus eliminates callout fees. We love coming out to visit, but for repeatedly pesky roofs, we’d recommend going for a shiny new one!
You may think that a roof sitting five metres above you will have little to no bearing on your personal health. However, a leaky roof can lead to mould and mildew issues in a home, which in turn find their way into the circulating air and thus into your lungs. Whilst complicating existing respiratory issues, it can also impact your general immune system and lead to the development of health problems.
Getting a new roof is a perfect solution. A clean, dry roof interior won’t add any harmful toxins to your home’s air, which could have long term health benefits for you and your family.
Preserving your décor
The interior appearance of a house can further be affected by leaky roof issues. As well as dampness and the appearance of mould and mildew inside the home, it can create bad smells which ultimately need cleaning by an expert.
To keep the clearing and costs to a minimum, preserve the appearance and aesthetic of your interior by getting a new roof which combats these problems.
Safety from falling objects
Safety should be a high priority in every home. While it’s difficult to see your roof as a threat, old roofs can be extremely damaging to property and life if they aren’t maintained or even replaced in extreme circumstances. Loose or cracked tiles and unstable interior beams can have their level of risk exacerbated by storms or heavy rain, leaving them in a dangerous state.
It’s best to have these issues fixed, and fast. If they’re abundant, it may be more cost effective, and ultimately safer, to invest in getting a new roof entirely.
Modern roofing has a far greater understanding of fire-proof materials than many older techniques. Specifications nowadays ensure that fire spreads far slower, and equally there are requirements for any roofs built within the roof to have easily accessible escape routes, which could include skylights in the roof.
With many homes boasting loft conversions, having a roof that maintains safety is a huge priority. A new roof can ensure this and keep your family safe for years to come.
We can’t forget about the aesthetic benefits of a new roof!
The variety of tiles and other roof coverings on the market is enormous, and there’s a style to suit everyone. For instance, slate offers a natural, heritage flavour to a new roof, whereas many modern synthetic materials are available at low cost in loads of exciting colours and textures.
A visually appealing roof can also boost your kerb appeal and garner higher prices on the housing market – a nice bonus if you’re looking at selling up!
Opportunity for solar panels
Many homeowners are looking to do their bit for the environment in 2019.
Getting a new roof is the ideal time to consider solar panels. A stronger roof is recommended as a solid base, and newly built roofs are often the strongest and most capable of supporting the weight of these green devices. Solar panels are perfect for almost all roofs – except those which face North in the UK! – and can reduce your bills at home too. Two birds with one stone!
Having a dodgy, unsatisfactory roof can lead to a lot more work that simply watching out for loose tiles. A poor roof will need regular maintenance work and thus disruption of your home. You may also be dealing constantly with leaks, excess ventilation, pooling on the roof and other problems.
Getting a new roof will not only reduce these errors, but it will ensure that, for years to come, your life won’t be plagued by dealing with roofing problems, which often require expert assistance. We’d say that the best solution is to grab a consultation and chat to us about how getting a new roof fitted can benefit you now and way into the future.
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