All Around Roofing: Trusted Roofers Denver CO
When most homeowners think of increasing their home’s curb appeal or improving the energy efficiency of a house, they do not usually think of a new roof. They often think of a fresh coat of paint, new siding, new windows and doors, and maybe some new shrubs. However, according to most Denver roofing professionals, a new roof can go a long way toward making a home look better and reducing its energy bills. In fact, the roof makes up about 40 percent of the exterior of a home and depending on the roofing materials, it can lower the temperature of a home’s attic between 20 and 40 degrees.
According to Remodeling Magazine, the return on investment for a new roof when selling a home is in the range of about 68 to 75 percent, dependent upon the roofing materials used and the area of the country in which the home is located.
If a homeowner’s roof has never leaked, it doesn’t mean that it never will. Most homeowners are surprised to learn that a roof issue caused by poor installation may not come to light until five or ten years after completion.
Homeowners should be aware of several different signs that may indicate that their roof needs professional help.
The age of the roof is a strong indicator as to how much life it may or may not have left. In general, roofs that are older than 15 years can start to decay, and asphalt shingles usually only last about 20 to 30 years. If a roof is more than 15 years of age, the homeowner should keep a closer eye on it for decay or other problems.
Homeowners should also be aware of any missing or torn shingles on the roof. When a shingle is missing or torn, it exposes the underlayment to water and puts it at risk for rotting. In addition, the nearby shingles can be more susceptible to being blown away or torn. Shingles that are older will tend to curl up, split, and fail to repel water as well as when new. They will also shed their granules, which means they weigh less and are more likely to blow away.
The condition of the flashing is also an important factor in roof health. Flashing is generally found around chimneys, skylights, and vent pipes as well as along the edge of a roof. If the flashing is missing or rusted, the roof is more likely to have leaks.