A new roof is one of the biggest things you will ever have to purchase for your home. What most homeowners do not realize is that a new roof is also an investment that can actually help save you money.
New Roofs Have New Underlayment
The layer underneath the shingles is what you call the underlayment. It’s a synthetic system that acts as a secondary moisture barrier, which protects the wooden parts of the roof below the shingles. Old roofs will probably have most of their underlayment worn down. With a new roof, you can ensure that your roof and the rest of your home has better moisture protection, allowing it to better handle water intrusion coming from the shingles.
An old roof will probably have an outdated method of “strapping” it onto the house to make sure that it doesn’t get damaged by a storm or hurricane. As such, failing to replace an old roof in time might end up disastrous for you. New residential roofing systems have updated straps that keep them safe from storms and better equipped to handle strong winds.
Better Shingle Wind Rating
Similarly, installing a new roof nets you with shingles with increased shingle wind rating. Considering that wind ratings for shingles have increased dramatically in the last ten years, your home’s existing shingles might be at an even greater risk from wind damage if you do not replace the roof.
New Roofs Comply With Building Codes
Finally, replacing your old roof means you are guaranteeing that your property is up to current building codes and standards. This can positively affect your home’s insurance rates on top of ensuring the safety of your family.