It is true that you can get a lot of mileage with a properly maintained roof. However, there comes a point when maintenance and repairs can only do so much, making a new roof the more practical choice. As one of the leading roofing contractors in Virginia, let Sentry Exteriors share some expert advice on how a timely roof replacement may actually save you money in the long run.
New Roofing Technologies
One of the most compelling reasons for getting a new roof is that you can take full advantage of the latest roofing technologies. Underlayment, for instance, has come a long way from paper-based “felts”. Manufacturers such as GAF and CertainTeed® now offer materials that effectively protect against water intrusion. You also have a wider selection of materials. In addition to asphalt shingles, you can choose metal, tile, or slate – all with much longer life spans that could potentially save you the cost of a complete roofing replacement.
You will be offered the option to install a new roof without removing the old one. While this works in certain conditions, we recommend a “clean” installation instead. It may cost extra to remove and dispose the old roof, but it also lets roofers like ourselves address roofing conditions that would not have been discovered had the old roof stayed on. It makes the new roof more efficient, requiring less repairs, as well as making it easier for gutter companies to install newer gutters, which are designed to be installed with modern roofing systems.
Another advantage of modern roofing systems is that, with the right wind ratings, it can have a positive effect on your insurance rates. Roofing installed in the mid-to-late 1990s have a maximum wind rating of up to 65 mph, whereas today’s roofing systems feature almost twice that, at minimum. At that level of resistance against the elements, roof repairs become less likely: less damage equals savings in repair costs.
“Cool roofs,” is roofing that can reflect sunlight back to the source, either through light colors (which works the same as wearing light-colored clothing under the sun), or through specially designed reflective coatings or granules that allow different colorways. The less heat your roof absorbs, the less indoor cooling your home requires, resulting in energy savings during hot days. We offer products like GAF Timberline® Cool Series® shingles and CertainTeed® Landmark Solaris® roofing, among our other energy-saving options.
To learn more about our roofing services, including roof installation and gutter guards, call Sentry Exteriors today at (434) 333-7753. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We serve many areas in and near Charlottesville, VA.