Discovering that your home needs a new roof installed can be frustrating. With the cost of an average roof replacement running between $4,663 and $8,951, you may be tempted to try and reduce your roofing replacement costs in any way possible. While scoring a great deal is important, there are some add-ons that shouldn't be overlooked when replacing your home's roof.
Here are three things you should consider adding to your new roof in the future.
1. New Roof Decking
If your home needs a new roof, it's likely that the decking materials sitting below the shingles may have sustained some damage as the shingles eroded over time.
Since the decking materials serve as a protective barrier against moisture and other contaminants between your home's exterior and the elements, quality decking is important. Be sure to ask your contractor to inspect your roof's decking for signs of rot, and replace any decking materials that don't appear to be in quality condition.
2. Reflective Coating
Although you might spend more initially to have your new roof finished with a reflective coating, this investment will help you save money over time. Reflective coatings are designed to act as an additional barrier between your home and the elements, and they can significantly reduce your monthly energy costs by creating a heat shield.
Experts estimate that reflective roof coatings have the ability to reduce your home's indoor air temperature between 7 and 10 degrees, eliminating the need to overwork your air conditioner during the warm summer months.
3. Installation Warranty
Since a new roof for your home represents a significant financial investment, it's important that you ensure your investment is protected by a warranty.
Most roofing materials are protected by a manufacturer's warranty that remains in effect for 20 to 50 years. While you might think this is enough coverage, it's important to recognize that these warranties only cover defects in the materials, not problems caused by improper installation.
Asking your contractor to add an installation warranty to your new roof ensures that any problems caused by faulty installation methods or techniques will be repaired at no additional cost to you.
Investing in a new roof can be expensive and challenging. Ensure that you are maximizing your future benefits when installing a new roof on your home by opting to spend a little extra on new decking materials, the addition of a reflective coating, and an installation warranty from your contractor.