Climbing onto the roof to help your father re-roof the house and garage is a memory many of us share. But, if you're looking to improve your home's curb appeal or plan to sell it in the near future, replacing the roof is a great way to do so. If you have a single-story ranch with a simple roof, as inferred from the square footage of the house plan versus the square footage of the roof, then you're in luck. This type of roof has a layer of vegetation placed on top of the waterproofing system.
When it comes to cost, it's important to note that the more square footage your home has, the more material you'll need for the replacement. You may be able to find some roofers who underbid due to desperation or because they work strictly by volume with tight margins. Additionally, some roofing companies that work in rural areas come to town and bid the big dogs out of town, which can influence the total cost of the project. It's also important to consider any existing damage that needs repair before proceeding with the replacement.
If your shingles are worn, cracked or curling, this is an indication that you need to replace your roof. The cost of long-term water damage increases over time, so it's best to address it sooner rather than later. When it comes to insurance, you may be able to convince your homeowner's insurance company to pay for the replacement if your roof needs to pass inspection in order for it to be insured. Tariffs have not yet significantly affected material prices, but rising oil prices have had an effect on roofing material prices.
While replacing a roof may seem like a lot of money, it's not that much when you consider all the work that goes into it. Roofs are often a good investment in your home, especially if your existing roof is old and you plan on selling soon. Plus, many roofers offer workmanship warranties with their estimates.