If you’re in need of a new roof, chances are you’ve put this off for some time. While it might not be the most exciting project on your to-do list, investing in a new roof will play a key role in maintaining the value of your home and preventing irreversible damage to your property in the coming years.
Here are three reasons to consider having your roof replacement done this summer:
1. More time and flexibility
Because a roof replacement is a major home project, it’s best to move forward with it during a time when you and your family have a more flexible schedule. If you have small children, making their safety a top priority will ensure they don’t get hurt during the roofing installation. During the laid-back days of summer, it’s often easier to make arrangements for your children to stay somewhere away from the home, such as a neighbor or grandparent’s house. Or, you may opt to take a family vacation while your roof is being installed so you don’t have to experience any disruption or noise!
2. Improved energy efficiency
What many people don’t realize is that a new roof can do wonders for energy savings! With the summer months bringing along hefty air cooling costs, investing in an energy efficient roof can combat high energy bills and improve your home’s insultation. There are many energy efficient roofing materials to choose from, including asphalt shingles, metal roofing, slate roofing, and tile roofing. As you pick out your new roof, opting for a lighter color or more reflective roofing material can help to significantly cut home energy consumption and put more money back in your wallet.
3. Efficient installation
Due to less precipitation, the summer season typically presents the best time for the most efficient roof installation possible. Rainy days can often slow down the installation process, so choosing the month of July or August for your replacement will almost always be in your favor. Additionally, it’s in your best interest to get your roof replaced when there’s a reduced likelihood of damaging storms that could potentially derail the installation process or cause damage to your home!
Getting ready for a new roof? It’s important to be informed about what type of roof aligns best with your preferences and long-term goals. The “go green” movement shows no signs of slowing down, and the roofing industry is no exception! As a follow-up to our first blog post about this topic, here’s our second round of environmentally friendly roofing options:
While not as popular as they were years ago, wood shingles are considered one of the most traditional and environmentally friendly types of roofs. They are relatively durable (lasting about 15-20 years) and are arguably the “greenest” roofing options, as wood shingles can be recycled long after the life of the roof. Wood shingles offer a very classic and artistic look to any house, free of rust and providing top notch insulation.
With “solar” being the most recent wave in home construction, solar shingles generate direct current (DV) power which is converted to alternating (AC) power. Depending on the roof span, the capacity of your home’s solar photovoltaic (PV) system would be based on your annual electricity usage and how much you’d like to offset utility-provided power with solar power. From a durability standpoint, solar shingles are strong enough to be used as primary roofing material or can replace conventional shingles in different areas of the roof.
As one of the newest trends in roofing, the “cool” roofing system is designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a traditional roof. With a focus on conserving energy, a cool roof can greatly reduce the amount of heat that enters a home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cool roofs can help to significantly reduce energy bills, create better comfort for non-airconditioned spaces (like garages or patios) and decrease the temperature of the roof itself, which can potentially extend the life of the roof).
Find The Roofing Option That Works for You
Now, more than ever before, there are countless types of roofs to consider for your home. Being open-minded and educating yourself about your options is key to choosing a roof you’ll be satisfied with for years to come.
Learn More About the Roofing Process with AVA
Just getting started? If you have questions or would like more information about the roofing process, contact AVA Roofing today!