“Roofing problems that arise as a result of severe weather conditions need to be addressed right away; otherwise, the damage can only worsen before long. Unfortunately, one household in New Jersey had to wait for a year and rely on donations before their roof could be repaired, after it sustained heavy roof damage due to Hurricane Sandy. According to NJ.com, this situation is pretty common in some areas in New Jersey that are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy:
According to Michelle Loughlin, Communications Manager at UWHC, thousands of homes in Hudson County were severely damaged like Jones’s house and are still in need of repair.
“Insurance won’t cover [the cost of repairing the homes], FEMA won’t cover it,” she said. “People are living in extreme conditions a year after Sandy.””
“Homeowners who are looking to sell their properties often feel compelled to fix major roof damage not only out of safety concerns but also as a way to boost property resale value. However, this is easier said than done because a roof repair job can often be a complicated and costly undertaking. This statement from Redfin listing agent Chad Dierickx sums it up best:
A rooftop in serious disrepair can be costly to fix and ranks pretty low on the list of “fun things to spend your money on” for any homeowner. Because a major rooftop repair can cost thousands of dollars, it easily becomes a negotiating point in a home sale. Savvy sellers know that if they don’t fix their roof (and it needs it), buyers will expect to pay less…”
“As the largest exterior structure, the roof provides the single most important protective shield for any residential or commercial property; any defect in the roofing system that is not immediately addressed, therefore, can lead to significant problems later on. However, a roof is only as good as its individual components and, more importantly, the quality of its installation – a factor largely that depends on the skill of one’s chosen roofing contractor. In this regard, an Angie’s List article lists several tips for finding the right roofing contractor:
Make sure that your contractor has worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Ask to see the certificates and actually call the insurance carrier to confirm that they are valid.”
“Given that it is the uppermost section of your home, the roof normally escapes your sight; hence, it is rather easy to overlook its condition. Such neglect will inevitably result in a great deal of structural integrity issues down the road, particularly if you fail to carry out the necessary roof maintenance measures. An article on Real Estate Best Value reminds readers that to postpone the need for early roof replacement, one needs to deal with urgent roofing problems right away:
Don’t wait when you need to have shingles replaced. Waiting to fix small problems is not a good option since you might end up spending a lot more if the problems get worse. Fixing shingles immediately will produce longer-term savings. If you maintain your roof, it’ll last you a long time.”
“Asphalt shingles are some of the most popular roofing materials in the United States today. Unfortunately, many don’t consider asphalt as an eco-friendly material because it has a relatively short lifespan, requires considerable resources and energy to produce, and generates substantial waste materials. However, as reported by William Giakoumatos in cdrecycler.com, many roofing and recycling companies are combining their efforts to recycle asphalt shingle wastes into road paving materials, despite the government’s patchy regulatory policies.
About 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste are generated in the U.S. each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The vast majority of that waste—about 90 percent—is construction scrap from roof installations and tear-offs from roof repairs and replacements. Shingle manufacturing scrap accounts for 9 to 10 percent of this material.”
“environmentalists define ‘green roofs’ as those that nurture growing plants. However, Rebecca Fairley Raney reports on home.howstuffworks.com that growing plants on a roof does not, by itself, make the roof cool; rather, an environmentally-friendly roof is one that has excellent cooling properties.
Technically speaking, the term “green roof” applies to a roof upon which living plants have been planted and nurtured.
Oddly enough, though, this style of green roof isn’t a cool roof. And to be really eco-friendly, you want your roof to be cool. So here’s another way to look at it. Some of the great producers of the greenhouse effect are the roofs over our heads. The sun hits the roof, and the roof reflects light back into the atmosphere. The intensity and angle of that reflected light create the so-called “heat island” effect in cities and can erode the atmosphere. Further, if the roofing material doesn’t have insulating properties, it can create a secondary environmental issue by r