Getting A New Roof
A new roof on your house can do a lot more than keep out the rain. You’ll be happily surprised at how much it can improve the appearance of the house. A new roof is like a fresh coat of paint on the outside walls: it helps make the house look fresh and new. So don’t think of a new roof as just a basic improvement that must be made to keep out the rain. The right color of roof will have added benefits. For example, a white or light-color roof reflects heat away from the house; so this is a good choice if you live in a very warm climate. A light-color roof can also make a small or low house seem larger, and a dark-color roof can make a tall house appear lower than it actually is.
Your Roof Is Not Optional
Don’t put off getting a new roof until the old one fails and begins leaking like a sieve. One of the mistakes we made after buying our house was to take the chance that the old asphalt shingles on the roof would last a good many more years. We didn’t even bother to check the roof carefully and went ahead and spent our money on other improvements. Then one day we had a bad wind and rain storm, and after the wind had finished ripping up those brittle old shingles, we had a dozen roof leaks. A neighbor of ours took a chance on a built-up flat roof, which started to leak right after he had finished decorating the walls and ceilings of the room below. The water ruined all his hard work. So if you are ready for a new roof, get it before you make any other improvements.