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Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining & Replacing Your Roof

How often do you think about the roof of your home?

It’s something a lot of us take for granted, but it plays a pretty important role in protecting you and your belongings from the elements. To help your roof do its job and to prolong its lifespan, it needs to be maintained and cared for properly. Still, even with the right amount of maintenance, all roofs need to be replaced at some point. Not to worry. Below is a guide that will tell you everything you need to know about keeping your topper in tip-top-shape, from maintaining it to replacing it when the time comes.

Is it worth pumping a bunch of cash into your roof? The numbers say so. The latest Remodeling Impact Report by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) ranks new roofing as the No. 1 project for both appeal to homebuyers and its value to the home for resale. For a new roof, NAR estimates the average cost at $7,500, which seems like a hefty price tag, but it can get you a 109% cost recovery upon sale — so it definitely pays off to take great care of your roof!

Just as you would fix a leak in your car’s gas line or a rip in your shirt before it gets any worse, you need to repair and replace parts of your roof that are damaged ASAP. By allowing a damaged roof to worsen, you risk damaging the subfloor and underlayment, the attic, and eventually the interior of your home. This is not a home-care project to skimp on. Here are some tips for keeping your roof in good condition:

Check Each fall and spring, and after any major storms, do a visual inspection to identify any areas where shingles are loose, damaged, or missing. Get these fixed right away! Also, check flashing and the rubber seals around vents.

Check Clean gutters and downspouts regularly. When debris builds up in the gutters, rainwater can’t easily run out through the downspouts, and may back up onto the edges of the roof, making leaks and other damage more likely.
Check Clean your roof to remove mold and moss buildup using this soft wash technique (don’t use a pressure washer!).
Check Have it inspected by a professional. How often your roof needs a professional inspection depends on a variety of factors, such as the age of your roof, how much tree coverage your house has, and how often your area gets hit with heavy storms. Plan to have your roof inspected professionally every few years.

The costs of repairing a roof are generally manageable, but they vary widely depending on the type of roof you have. The main points to remember are to hire a professional who is experienced with your type of roof (this is not the DIY Pinterest project you want to dabble in!), and don’t delay getting those repairs done.

It’s time to replace rather than repair when you’re getting near your roof’s estimated lifespan (see chart here ), you’ve got algae growing up there, or the whole thing is sagging (which is a very big deal and must be addressed immediately). When getting a new roof, you will have the option to tear off the old roof or put the new roof directly on top. The former will most likely save you money in the long run, while the latter is a quicker fix if you’re short on funds. Tearing off the old roof will also allow your roofers to inspect the underlying structure for damage.

So many choices! From asphalt to slate to solar, the materials you choose for your roof have a lot to do with the cost, installation time, and aesthetics of your housetop. Of course, some roof materials look better on certain house styles and not others. We’ve rounded up some of the most popular materials to help you narrow down your choices and put them in a chart for easy reference.
Roofing Materials'

Whatever type and style of roof tops your home, it’s a big investment that should be well taken care of, not only for the potential ROI, but also for the safety and comfort of your own family.

Guest post from our good friend Ben McAffee and First Colony Mortgage. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips with us!

Client Testimonials
  • Hi my name is Brion Egan and my wife is DeAnna. We are getting ready to retire and wanted to escape the cold Idaho winters that we experience here. We liked the St George area and it was close enough to home if we needed to come back for a day or two we could. We decided to build in Dixie Springs because it was close to a lot of different recreation and liked the neighborhood. We have a close family and when one plays all the kids and grandkids want to come and be apart of it too. We started our original home with American Heritage Homes in late spring of 2012. After interviewing several contractors I felt the most comfortable with Seth and Shem. They completed the home in excellent time and the workmanship and working relationship with them was excellent. Then, realizing after the first outing with our family we had under built and needed more bedrooms and room for the Grandkids, we needed to expand. I was able to buy the lot next to me and asked Seth and Shem to build me an addition onto the original home because we were so pleased with their work on the home. I was a general contractor in Idaho and have been involved in the construction industry for over 25 years. I new what I was looking for in a contractor. Most all contractors have the skills and ability to build and complete the project in a very acceptable manor. They might get to the finished product differently but they will get there never the less. It is the little things that separate Seth and Shem. The addition was very complicated because I did not want it to look like an addition. I wanted it to blend with the original home but yet I had certain ideas of what I needed. They walked with me from start to finish, starting with the design. Their input into the project was invaluable. There was constant communication with Shem during the construction process. He would always call me and ask if it was ok to proceed with a change if it became necessary, also I received several calls with him starting with, "Brion, I think we need to do this, or I really think it would look better if we did this, but always ending with I will do whatever you want. This and many other little things that go unnoticed is what made me so happy with them. Again, their ability to perform the work and their Honesty in their dealings is a fresh and unusual part of the construction industry. My wife Deanna summed it up in one sentence. "THEY ARE AWESOME." I would be glad to visit with anyone who has questions or is seriously considering American Heritage Homes for their next project, Seth or Shem have my number.

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