Like pretty much everything else in the world, roofs have their respective life spans or expectancies. Sometimes they can be longer than expected, especially if the roof was particularly well cared for and no extreme weather or accidents caused any devastating damage. Sometimes roof lifespans can be shorter than expected, such as when moisture damage goes unchecked and causes structural damage.
Keeping your roof healthy is important to lengthen its serviceable life. When it’s time and you really just need a new roof installation, should you consider upgrades too? If you ask a roof company, they might tell you to consider upgrading – and here are some of the reasons why.
Better Climate-Appropriate Material
While considering upgrades to be done during a roof installation, one thing you could think about is what kind of material to use. Consider the area where you live and its general climate as well as any usual weather patterns.
Knowing this is important, as it may affect what type of roofing materials your roof company would recommend to use for a new roof covering. Certain types of roofs and roofing materials are better suited for certain climates than others. Consider whether you would like a flat or a pitched roof. Ask your roof company what is more suited to your specific situation and location.
Another good reason for you to upgrade your roof is to improve its fire worthiness. There are three different classifications or fireproof ratings: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Class A materials are those which are most resistant to fire, Class C are least resistant, and Class B is in the middle.
It may be a good idea to upgrade to a material with a Class A rating such as slate or metal or even asphalt shingles with fiberglass bases during your roof installation. This is especially true if your area has an arid climate and is prone to bush fires. Ask your roof company what fire rating they would recommend.
A Note on Warranties
Roofs come with warranties, both from the manufacturer for the materials used and from the roof company for their workmanship. Before you proceed with a roof installation, be sure to ask for the applicable warranty terms.
When it comes to workmanship warranty, never settle for anything less than at least 5 years to even a decade, since problems on roofs that are due to workmanship often do not show until at least a few years have passed.
Roofs are arguably one of the most important parts of your home. A new roof installation is a great time to reassess whether your current house top and its specifications really suit your needs. Be sure to check with your roof company to see whether you can benefit from an upgrade that improve your new roof and provide more safety for you and your family for the many years to come!