Money Spent on Roof Replacement Worth Every Dime

Roof ReplacemetGetting your roof redone or totally replaced seems like a costly endeavor and it is. Many bemoan when it’s that time to do up the roof and while we don’t blame them, we still think they need to be educated on the importance of the roof. A faulty roof will cost you more money in the long run, not to mention destroy the inside of your home. It’s as if you’re willingly inviting in all the world’s pests to run rampant in your home; you wouldn’t open your door to let termites in, would you now?


Think of a leaky roof as one giant termite; it is determined to tear down your house one way or another. You just can’t keep patching it up; you have to step up to the plate and deal with it, kind of like staff members at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.



Malcom Gay of the Boston Globe writes, “But last winter, under the brunt of an accumulated 110 inches of snow, the historic palace sprang several chronic leaks, endangering items in the collection and forcing staff to take the drastic steps of putting out buckets, rubber mats, and shrouding some works in plastic sheeting.” Really? That’s no way to run a museum with priceless artifacts. That’s also no way to live. Period.



The museum came under attack for their method of “patching things up.” Art enthusiasts and city officials were shocked at their irresponsibility and lack of concern. It reflected poorly on them as well as the entire city of Boston. So this is how they take care of their precious things, some would say. Others would marvel at the complete lack of professionalism.


Needless to say, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum buckled under the criticism and is undergoing a vast project to renovate or replace (if need be) all the roofs (yes, there are multiple roofs!). The whole project will cost around $1.5 million. Next time you think getting a new roof is expensive, just think of the museum. They came around. Will you? As Anne Hawley, the museum director, put it: “We an’t afford to take any chances.” You can’t either.

The Evolution of Roofing: A Short Synopsis

clay roofingModern roofing has come a long way since thatched roofing was conceived about 3000 years ago. Now with essentially worry-free roofing options, synthetics and polymers have given homeowners endless options for the perfect mix of charm and durability, standing up to even the harshest of conditions.

Though still very common around the globe- even in developed and wealthy countries of Europe- thatched roofing is pretty much the antithesis of maintenance-free. Traditional European thatching consisted of re-thatching over existing thatching of as old as 500 years! But given thatching consists of organic elements, such as reeds, sedge and hay, layering is required every couple years.

By the 1300’s, more weather resistant roofing options were implemented as property owners’ needs began to evolve. Offering more trouble-free roofing options, the British began building roofs with slate. Essentially impenetrable to water and ice expansion, slate roofs could last a lifetime.

Heavyweight slate required increased reinforcement to prevent collapsing and was harder to install, and was subsequently more costly. The same goes for flagstone roofing, proving simply too cumbersome in modern building design. So as more lightweight options were introduced, rock and stone options too became impractical- though still widely used in more affluent design.

More lightweight options such as clay, wood and asphalt don’t offer the same durability and longevity as stone counterparts- lasting up to 40 years- but are much easier to install and subsequently much more affordable. The most popular roofing design for modern home design includes asphalt and even plastic shingles. In addition to a more manageable weight, these building options are much less fragile.