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4 Key Tips to Determine If You Need a New Roof

If you are a property owner that is debating about a roof replacement, you are not alone. Obviously, this is not a decision to take lightly since it will mean you will change your routine at that property for at least a week. Thankfully, if you are a homeowner or commercial property owner that is curious about whether the timing is right to get a new roof, there are four key tips that can help you make the best decision. Listed below is an outline of common reasons property owners need a professional roof replacement.

1- You want to install solar panels.

If you are considering installing a large number of solar panels on your roof, you may not want to pay to have them removed in the near future because you need a roof replacement. Instead of putting off plans to replace the roof, consider getting the roof replaced before the solar panels are installed. In many cases, property owners find that there are types of roofing materials that work better for solar panels. In addition to the rebates and incentives property owners can get for installing solar panels, changing the roof also makes the owner eligible for tax credits for a roof replacement that is environmentally friendly. For example, at the Energy Star website, they state that some types of roofing materials qualify for a tax credit.

2- You want to reduce repair bills after a severe storm.

Unfortunately, if you have a damaged roof, the problems it causes can present themselves in other areas of the property. For instance, you may not be aware that storm damage is the actual source of the problem for your frequent emergency repair issues. This is especially true if you have discolored walls, cracks in your foundation or mysterious puddles of water that appear in rooms of the property where there is no plumbing. If these scenarios sound familiar, consider hiring a roof inspector or contacting your local fire department to get advice about an independent second opinion. In extreme situations, problems with severe roof damage after a storm can include mold infestation that causes health problems.

3- You want to lower utility bills with a cool roof.

If you own a large property that is costing you a fortune in utility bills, one way that has been developed to reduce these overall cost is with a cool roof. This term was coined by environmental groups to reduce the overall effect of heat Islands in urban areas. Along with dark-colored roofs, blacktop asphalt parking lots are another major contributor to abnormally high temperatures in cities during the summer months. According to the EPA, a cool roof can help your city stay cooler, but changing your roof can also reduce utility bills inside a property. In short, money can be saved on cooling bills by changing the roof to include materials that are sun-reflective. There are also specific roofing materials designed to release excess heat.

4- You want lower property insurance rates.

Most property owners feel stuck with paying a monthly mortgage, but a key way to decrease your payments without refinancing is to reduce property insurance rates. Since property insurance is paid by the bank and included in the cost of your monthly mortgage, if you can lower your property insurance rates, your monthly mortgage costs are reduced. According to Bank Rate, you can reduce your property insurance through home improvements such as getting a new roof. In this situation, the insurance company sees a property with a new roof as having lowered claims risk overall.

How to Get a New Roof Replacement

Once you have determined that you may need a new roof, the next step is to call our friendly staff. We will set up an appointment with you to examine your roof, and after our inspection we will offer an estimate. Unlike other roofing companies that show up to do a few jobs in your area and then leave without honoring the warranty you paid for, we are happy to show up for emergencies as well as new roof replacements. To get started, call us today. Thank you for choosing us, and we look forward to meeting with you.

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