The integrity of your home begins at the top.

Learn valuable information every homeowner should know about the consequences of an old or damaged roof, the cost for replacement, choosing a roofer, and other related tips to protect your home and investment.

What are the consequences of not maintaining your roof?

Water damage and mold aren’t your only enemies. Termites, carpenter ants, birds, squirrels, mice – any living thing that wants shelter from the elements – will take advantage of openings in your roof. We all know the damage termites and carpenter ants can do, but nests and animal byproducts are also destructive to your home’s structure, hygiene, and appeal.

Once you discover the problem, remediation expenses will compound the repair or replacement costs. And if a home inspector reveals these issues during a sale, your profits will shrink instantly by thousands of dollars.

How much does it cost to replace a roof?

You’ll pay $2,500-$3,000 on average for a 2,000-square-foot roof, but many variables impact the cost. Here are some questions you and your contractor will need to answer before you settle on a quote.

  • Do you need to remove prior layers?
  • (If you do) How many layers are there? What’s the condition of the plywood underneath?
  • (If you do) What’s the cost for a dumpster and any permits?
  • What’s the height and pitch of the roof?
  • How accessible is your home and roof for the laborers and equipment?
  • What’s the size of the crew?
  • How quickly do you want the project completed?
  • What’s the quality and warranty of the shingles, flashing, or other trim materials?
  • Are you in a market that fosters competitive bidding?

Should you replace gutters and leaders at the same time?

It’s a good idea to survey your gutters if you’re planning to replace your roof. If they’re not draining, it can push water back into your house. Not only that, but ice during colder months can also do enormous damage. The cost usually runs another $2,000-$3000, but if you use the same contractor and do both projects at the same time, it could be cheaper overall.

Here again, quality makes a difference. There are features that may cost more but can make your life easier and be attractive selling points for future buyers. Features that minimize the need for seasonal cleaning and direct water away from problem areas are worth the cost.

How should you choose a roofer?

We strongly recommend selecting a licensed and insured contractor who will guarantee the work. Obviously, roofing is dangerous and if there’s an accident, your homeowner’s insurance policy may not cover it, leaving you at risk. Get referrals from neighbors, friends, and online sources like Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor.

What are some tips for choosing shingles?

We recommend choosing shingles that complement your home’s exterior color palette, and come with a warranty of 25 years – it’s money well spent. If you have a Homeowners Association, make sure you understand any rules that may govern your options and obligations.

How does roof maintenance pay off?

As you enjoy living in your home, doing the work to maintain it – clearing gutters and leaders, repairing missing shingles, and trimming trees that overhang the roof – is crucial. It’s also important to budget for your home expenses, setting aside money to maintain or replace your roof and gutters. The maintenance work and the planning protect your investment, your possessions, and your peace of mind for the next 25 years.

And don’t forget – once you have the work done, keep your receipts and warranty where you can find them. If you decide to sell your home, these are documents buyers will want to see.

Having a well-maintained roof and gutters will help you get top dollar for your home. If you’re planning to sell, contact BHHS Fox & Roach for guidance on whether it’s time to do some work on your roof before putting up the “for sale” sign.