A full roof replacement with a solid warranty offers real peace-of-mind. Concerns over leaks and other problems that often accompany an aging roof are eliminated. However, there is another factor to consider - the value that a full roof replacement adds to your home compared to roof repairs. Now, there are times when a repair to a specific portion of a Montgomery County roof is the best choice.
For example, if a large falling branch damages a section of a relatively new roof, a repair is appropriate.
However, when a full roof replacement is necessary, it is reassuring to know that it typically adds real value to one's property. Every year, Remodeling Magazine publishes its Cost vs. Value Report, and the 2016 report is now out. Researchers compare the cost of 30 remodeling projects to the value such projects retain at resale. One of the remodeling projects analyzed is a full roof replacement.
Roof Specs for Study
To create valid comparisons, researchers specifically evaluate a roof replacement that features the following:
- Remove existing shingles/roof materials down to the bare wood sheathing
- Dispose of old roof materials
- Install new felt underlayment
- Install 30 squares of 235-lb fiberglass asphalt shingles
- Add a galvanized drip edge and mill-finish aluminum flashing
Furthermore, this hypothetical roofing project requires shingles that carry a minimum 25-year manufacturer's warranty. For accurate comparisons, the researchers assume a five-square hip roof, custom flashing around two average skylights and custom cap treatment at the vented ridge.
Cost vs. Value Calculated
For 2016, resale value of such a roof is calculated at 71.7 percent of the cost of the project. Furthermore, Remodeling Magazine says that the value recouped is trending up in recent years. While the cost of a full roof replacement as defined by the magazine has remained relatively steady since 2009, the cost vs. value index has actually improved over the last four years. That is, those that invest in a new roof today stand to recoup, on average, a larger portion of the job cost.
Many of the 30 remodeling projects are discretionary in nature. However, in many instances, a roof replacement is anything but. Given the fact that many a roof replacement is a necessity, it is reassuring to consider that, on average, the increased value of a homeowner's property offsets more than 70 percent of the cost of the roofing project.
Potential Energy Savings As Well
The increased value of your home is only one factor. Also, consider the likelihood that your new roof will more airtight and better insulating than its predecessor. This means that the cost of your new roof may be offset to a degree by the energy savings it brings you. Increase your potential savings even more with GAF shingles that feature highly reflective granules capable of reflect more ultraviolet radiation back into the atmosphere. Less heat in your attic means less work for your air conditioning unit.
A Team Approach
Whether you need a repair or a replacement, we at BRAX Roofing understand that a roofing decision is a significant one for a homeowner. Therefore, we pledge to work with you, adopting a team approach in seeking the solution that is best for you and your situation. If you elect to work with us, we'll complete your roofing project promptly and efficiently, and we'll stand behind our work. If you opt for a newGAF fiberglass asphalt shingle roof, you'll also receive a GAF manufacturer's warranty that is one of the best in the business. We are a GAFCertified roofing installer.
Why not begin today? Please contact us to arrange for a visit by one of our friendly, qualified roof inspectors. We'll provide you with a thorough analysis of your roof's condition, and we'll carefully answer all of your questions. We look forward to serving you!