Most roofs have a finite life span. When they near the end of it, they’ll usually begin showing signs of wear and tear and require more intensive upkeep. Still, many factors affect the longevity of your roof and knowing them may give you insight on how to extend it. At Ethos General Contractors, your trusted local roofing company, we wanted to discuss the main factors that affect your roof’s longevity and it's service life.

A new roofing system probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a boost in home value. It’s reasonable, given that interior remodeling projects are typically the upgrades preferred by homeowners. However, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, having new roofing installed can have a substantial impact on home value. Cost vs. Value: Roof Replacement The 2017 cost vs. value report details the approximate return on investment homeowners can get by replacing their old roofing system with a new one. It reveals that a roof replacement can increase home value by an average of nearly $15,000. It also indicates that homeowners who have new roofing installed can expect to recoup an average of 68.8% of the total job cost through increased home value. These numbers put new roofing ahead of a kitchen or a bath remodel in terms of recovered cost.

Your roof can be vague in telling you what’s going on with it. The warning signs are often indirect and yet the danger of ignoring them is real. Addressing these issues, however, when they’re still small and inconsequential can save you money and time. You just need to know what they are and what they mean. Ethos General Contractors lists four way your roof might be trying to tell you something.

It’s tempting to do a roofing project on your own. While it may seem like you’re saving money, several problems immediately become apparent, like sourcing equipment, materials and the learning curve associated with repairs and replacements. It’s also easy to commit potentially costly mistakes.

You can avoid several of these when you work with a professional roofing company. Ethos General Contractors discusses these head-scratchers below.