While driving through a neighborhood, have you ever spotted an attractive house that immediately caught your attention? You might not have instantly recognized the individual elements that caught your eye. Perhaps the yard was beautifully landscaped and well-kept, the trim paint was bright and fresh, or the home boasted some unusual architectural features. All of these elements can contribute to what real estate professionals refer to as curb appeal. However, what you may not realize is that your roof can add to or detract from your home’s curb appeal. If your roof shows apparent signs of damage or patches, your home’s curb appeal can be negatively affected. A thoughtfully selected, well-installed, well-maintained roof will have the opposite effect. Fortunately, most licensed roofing companies understand the importance of curb appeal, and reputable, experienced roofing contractors know how to help customers choose products that are both attractive and functional.
Renew Your Curb Appeal With a New Roof
Is Enhancing Curb Appeal Sufficient Justification for a Roof Replacement?
There is certainly nothing wrong with replacing an ugly roof that is still functional. In fact, many Austin roof replacement contractors encounter this situation several times each year. Usually, the request comes from people who are not the original homeowners. The new buyers may feel that the existing roof is the wrong color or style, for example, and they want a roof replacement that is more suitable for the home’s architectural style or cladding.
However, if a roof is particularly unattractive, it is extremely likely that it is also damaged or old. You may not be able to identify precisely what it is about your roof that is not quite right, but you frown every time you look at it when you turn into your driveway. Roofing companies typically recommend that homeowners ask themselves the following questions.
1. How old is the roof? If you have inexpensive asphalt shingles, they will begin to show severe signs of decay when they are 12 to 15 years old.
2. How often has hail pummeled the roof? Hail is a common cause of roof damage in Central Texas. The cost can occur during a single storm, but it may also accumulate over several years.
3. What is the condition of the flashing? Flashings are metal pieces around vents, skylights, pipes, and chimneys. Flashing may also be found where two roof planes meet or where a roof plane meets a wall. Flashing is used to create a watertight seal around roof penetrations and in other vulnerable areas. Missing, rusted, or broken flashing can lead to a leak.
4. What is the condition of the asphalt shingles? Shingles can be cracked or degranulated by hail, blown away by high winds, or develop cupping, curling, or chipping as they age. Damaged or missing shingles can allow water to penetrate the roof decking, and interior leaks will not be far behind.
5. Is there evidence of water penetration in the interior? Discolorations on the walls and ceilings, wallpaper that is peeling or bubbling, damp attic insulation, and mold or mildew in unexpected locations can all be signs that your roof has developed a leak.
6. What is the condition of the gutter system? Gutters and downspouts are supposed to divert runoff away from your home. If they are clogged or damaged, the runoff may penetrate underneath your shingles. This can result in damage to the decking, trusses, and rafters.
When they need a new roof Austin TX homeowners frequently count on Alpha Roofing for high-quality work at competitive prices. We can provide you with a new roof that will protect your home’s integrity while enhancing its curb appeal. Our roof services include the installation of asphalt shingles, metal roofs, skylights, flat roofs, and flashing, and we also offer emergency repairs, roof inspections, and routine roofing maintenance plans. We can provide you with a free quote if you will call us at 512-777-1086 or submit the request form found on our website.