A new roof is an important investment with many benefits, from increased protection against the elements to a significant boost in your home’s curb appeal. But did you know that a new roof can also save you money in the long run? As a leading roofing services expert in Austin, Wilson Roofing shares several ways a new roof can save you money.
Homeowner’s Insurance Rates
New roofs are constructed using the latest roofing technologies, especially when it comes to “under the hood” components like the underlayment. Traditional felts are made of paper, and can only protect your roof for so long. In contrast, a product like GAF Deck-Armor™ offers better water resistance, and even has “breathable” properties that allow moisture from the roof deck to evaporate. Such upgrades have a positive impact on your insurance rates, yielding savings over time.
While your contractor may offer to install a new layer of shingles over the old, we recommend having the old roof stripped before installation. In addition to paving the way for a “clean” installation, this approach also lets you address underlying issues with your residential roofing that would not have been revealed otherwise. Also, complete roofing systems such as the GAF Lifetime Roofing System are more efficient when installed on a clean roof deck.
Roof Repair Costs
If your budget allows upgrading to asphalt shingles with better wind ratings, do so. In addition to giving you better insurance rates, a roof with high wind resistance bolsters your roof’s protection against bad weather. In the 1990s, you couldn’t find roofing shingles rated for over 65-mph winds; today, you can find shingles with twice the wind resistance. In fact, GAF Advanced Protection® shingles are rated for up to 150 mph – the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane. This reduces your risk of needing to spend money on unplanned roof repairs; hence, more savings.
Cool roofs are typically light-colored roofs designed to reflect heat from the sun rather than absorb it, as well as radiate absorbed heat. Combined with efficient attic insulation, this helps maintain a cooler, more comfortable interior without burdening your HVAC system. The result is significantly lower energy bills. While cool roofing features are typically found on commercial roofing systems, residential roofing products like the GAF Timberline® Cool Series® shingles let homeowners to reap these benefits too.
With these money-saving benefits, there’s never been a better time to invest in a new roof. To learn more about our roofing services, call Wilson Roofing today at (855) 501-2220 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We are located in Austin, TX, and serve nearby areas.