Curb Appeal: Why You Don’t Want a Remarkable Roof
Most of us would find it a little strange if a friend said to us, “You’ve got to come by and see my new roof!” Roofs just aren’t one of those things that most people get very excited about.
The roof of a home is usually not the first thing people notice when visiting your home or simply walking past. A well-maintained, clean roof without a lot of visible evidence of past repairs isn’t something that will stand out to the average person.
For this reason, a roof is often neglected. Funds are put towards more ‘worthy’ house projects that the homeowner can enjoy on a daily basis and that will command the attention of visitors.
New granite counter tops in the kitchen or a freshly renovated bathroom seem to better justify a major investment than a roof replacement. After all, no one invites friends and family over to see their newly installed stain-resistant shaker shingles.
Perhaps you can think of a lot of other things to spend your money on.
However, the truth is that the roof is a very important part of your home. It protects your family and belongings from the elements. It serves to insulate your home in the winter months and keeps it cooler during the summer.
Your Home’s Curb Appeal
If you think that your roof is unrelated to your home’s curb appeal, you are sorely mistaken. Many homeowners are surprised to learn that the roof can make up 50% of a home’s exterior. That percentage is impossible to ignore when it comes to evaluating the outward appearance of your home.
Though passersby might not stop and take notice of a brand-new roof, they will most certainly notice one that is in very poor condition. All the colorful petunias in the world overflowing from window boxes will not deter from a roof that is covered in stains and/or algae.
Lots of mended shingles loaded with roof sealant or other hastily-made repairs will stand out and drive your home’s curb appeal into the ground.
If you are looking to sell your home, a roof that is poor condition can be a huge deterrent to potential buyers. Unless you are selling your home as-is or as a tear-down for new construction, a roof that obviously needs to be replaced can send buyers running the other way.
The condition of your roof enhances or detracts from your home’s curb appeal. It is usually one of the first things potential buyers notice and appraisers assess.
Buyers don’t want a home with a roof that needs replacing for the same reasons you don’t want to replace the roof yourself. It’s a big expense and they would rather make investments in other parts of the home.
The Good News About an Unremarkable Roof
The good news is that you really can’t go wrong when you decide to have a new roof installed on your home. If you are preparing your home to put it on the market, a new roof can increase the value of your home, increase your home’s curb appeal, and expedite the selling process.
If you are planning to stay in your house for a while, replacing your roof can help save you money on energy and other costly repairs due to leaks or other roof-related problems.
Either way, a well-maintained, new roof can improve first impressions of your home’s exterior and invites visitors or potential buyers to come inside and see what else your home has to offer.
Contact us today at Renovations Roofing & Remodeling, Inc. Let us help you improve your home’s curb appeal by making your roof unremarkable.