We all know that a new roof can add value and appeal to your home. But did you know that a new roof can also save you money? The answer is YES! Having a new roof can save you money on energy bills, homeowner's insurance and even your taxes. Today's new roofs have longer lifespans, and cost less to repair and maintain.
Your roof is not only an important investment, it is the first line of defense against severe weather. A professionally installed roof can provide the protection, ventilation and insulation your home needs in all kinds of weather. In addition, newly developed roofing materials can add years of life to your roof while saving you money in energy costs.
Technological advances insure that new roofs are more weather resistant, with higher fire, wind, and impact ratings. In fact, manufacturers have devised special installation techniques to keep your roof in place during hurricanes and other kinds of severe weather.
According to HowStuffWorks Home and Garden expert Stephanie Watson,
"The government created the ENERGY STAR program to help promote the use of energy-efficient products. Only roofing products that are highly reflective are given the Energy Star label. These roofs can reflect enough of the sun's rays to lower the temperature on the surface of your roof by as much as 100 degrees Fahrenheit (56 degrees Celsius)"
Residential roofing products which carry the ENERGY STAR label means they have excellent emissive and reflective properties to minimize heat gain. This reduces attic temperatures, thereby reducing your energy consumption. Installing a new roof is the best time to address its efficiency.
According to bobvila.com., there are four factors to consider when installing a new roof:
NEW ROOF FEATURES
In addition to the four factors listed above, a new roof can include upgraded underlayment which provides a protective layer underneath the shingles. There is an upgraded synthetic-type "peel and stick" underlayment which protects the wood below the shingles from moisture.
The method used to attach the roof to the exterior wall of your home can also impact insurance costs. The three methods used are:
Also, new technology has developed shingles which can resist up to 130-mph winds. Upgrading to hurricane straps and higher wind-rated shingles can bring your home up to current code, which can save you money on insurance premiums. Be sure to check with your insurance agent or accountant for tax credits available.
Having a new roof professionally installed definitely makes sense in many ways. Improving the safety, value, and curb appeal of your home with the added benefits of lower energy bills, savings on your insurance premiums, longer roof life with lower repair and maintenance costs, plus possible tax credits, makes a new roof a win-win for any homeowner.
Harper Roofing in Charleston, South Carolina has been called the best roofer in Charleston by past customers all over the area. We have a long history of satisfied customers illustrated by our 5-star rating on Houzz and carry an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
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