If you've decided that it's time for an exterior renovation of your home to improve the curb appeal and general condition of the home's exterior, you should be working with both a general contractor as well as a roofer. Many homeowners focus too much on the siding, windows, and exterior doors when they plan an exterior home remodel and they overlook the roof. The fact is that an exterior remodel should include your roof, too. Here's a look at a few things that you should think about.
How Old Is Your Roof?
If you think that the roof looks fine the way that it is, you may not think it really needs replacement. However, if your roof has been there for a number of years, it may be nearing the end of its expected lifespan. You may not have experienced any problems with it as of yet, but that may come in just a few short years.
As a result, it's often in your best interest to include the roof when you're doing an exterior renovation because that allows you to finish the renovation project with a fresh lifespan on everything outside of your home. You won't have to worry about leaks or damage on an aging roof leading to emergency repairs in the next couple of years.
How Much Are You Altering The Appearance?
Another thing to think about when you're trying to decide if your roof should be part of the renovation is how much you're changing the exterior appearance of the house. If you're going to be making drastic changes to the color and siding type, you might want to replace the roof just to create a cohesive appearance.
You may find that the existing roof just doesn't blend as well with the new exterior look as it did with the old one. If you really want to be content with the outcome of your exterior renovation, talk with your contractors about replacing the roof as well.
Can You Simply Do A Roof-Over?
If you're concerned about budget, you might be putting off the incorporation of the roof in your renovation. After all, a full roof tear-off and replacement will add to your bottom line. However, if you have a roof with only a single layer of roofing material, you might be able to have a roof-over, where the new roofing is installed directly over the top of the existing layer. This cuts your costs dramatically while still allowing you the opportunity to give your roof a new look and a new lease on life.
These are some of the many things to think about when you're trying to decide whether or not your roof should be incorporated into your exterior renovation.
Speak to your contractor today to learn more about exterior house renovation projects.