When the time comes to remodel your house, may people take a look at their roof for remodeling as well. Here are some things to consider before remodeling your roof.
Any qualified roofing contractor will have a permanent place of business, a tax identification number, a business license and a phone number. Your roofing contractor should provide you with valid proof of liability insurance and workers compensation. If not, you could be liable if an accident happens on the job.
Is your home for sale?
If you are thinking of putting your home on the market, your roof can have a lot to do with how quickly your home sells. Potential buyers don’t want to come into a home with an old, leaky, unattractive roof. With a complete roof remodel, your home will have greater curb appeal and provide more security for the new homeowners.
Do you want a cool roof or a green roof?
The department of energy says you have three options when it comes to a cool roof (yes, your new roof will look “cool”, but that’s not exactly what we are talking about here). A cool roof saves your home money on the energy it takes to cool down your house.
Option 1: Retrofit the roof with specialized heat-reflective material.
Option 2: Re-cover the roof with a new waterproofing surface.
Option 3: Replace the roof with a cool one.
With a cool roof, more sunlight is reflected away and less heat is absorbed. The temperature of your roof can be lowered by up to 50 degrees, which will result in you needing to run your air conditioner less often!
A green roof is more of an option for urban homes. Yes, the roof can be green – filled with plants and gardens! These awesome roofs provide insulation and also help save on your heat and electric bills.
Will you get a return on your investment?
According to HGTV, roofs have an 80% or higher return on investment when reselling a home. But more than that, not fixing a bad roof could result in your home not selling for a while. “If the roof is leaking, buyers won’t get beyond that,” says Ron Phipps with Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “I don’t care how awesome the kitchen is.”