The decision to reroof can be traced to any number of reasons: a full home renovation, a particularly damaging hailstorm, or the emergence of leaks in the ceiling. Whichever the cause, it will be a project involving time and money for everyone involved. There are several things to consider when it comes time to take on a roof remodel:
1. Impact on home insurance
When a homeowner alters the property in such a way, it could impact their home insurance policy. Reroofing can have several benefits to this, as most insurance companies would offer a discount for recently installed roofs, such as within the last 10 years. In addition, installing roofs made of hail-resistant materials can help bring down insurance costs, particularly in areas prone to severe weather. Many companies may reduce rates or deductibles when switching from cedar or slate to stronger composite materials.
2. Partial vs. full reroofing
In some cases, it may be possible to only patch up certain areas of the roof without completely overhauling it. Repairing roofs can be ideal for those looking to replace a few shingles and save a significant amount of money. However, it may be difficult to ensure the repaired area matches the rest of the roof aesthetically, potentially affecting future buyers. A full reroofing will ultimately cost more upfront but could be the most beneficial option in the long run. This would especially be true with older roofs, where remodelers may repair only part of the roof now but then need to address a different area of the roof that’s experiencing wear and tear a few years down the line. Multiple repair jobs would mean paying again for labor and time.
3. Saving money now vs. later
The unpredictability of weather events mean that while homes may have a need to repair part of their recently damaged roof now, they should also consider switching to stronger roofing material that could withstand future storms. If homeowners of older properties are coming up on the end of their shingles’ life expectancy, installing more durably constructed roofing tiles would mean a longer-lasting look as well as little maintenance, which can be costly.
4. Sustainability without compromising aesthetics
Choosing composite materials for remodeling roofs can help professionals and their homeowner clients with sustainability efforts while maintaining the desired aesthetics of natural materials such as wood and slate. Lightweight recyclable tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes, for example, mean saving costs on energy and transportation—helping to preserve more trees in the environment and prevent waste from the quarrying process. Higher emissivity and reflectivity rates in roofing tiles can also help increase the energy efficiency of the home. More sustainable, longer-lasting products mean renovations will not have to compromise the beauty of a home.