Is Roof Repair or Replacement Necessary When Selling Your Home?
Is Roof Repair or Replacement Necessary When Selling Your Home?
When selling your home, you want to get the most money out of it that you can. This requires projects such as repainting, sealing windows, fixing dings, and countless other projects. One of the projects you may be considering is repairing or replacing your roof. However, is this a necessary project that will add to the value of your home?
Whether or not to replace your roof before selling it depends on a couple of things. If your roof is in really bad shape and the homes around you have new, nice roofs, you probably want to replace it. Additionally, if you are worried about whether or not your home will sell, replacing your roof will give you more curb appeal and increase your chances of selling your home.
Having your roof repaired is a good idea before selling your home. If it needs repairs, a buyer may try to negotiate a lower price due to the costs they will incur on repairing the roof. It may also not be as attractive to them if they have to undertake a lot of projects after buying their home. Repairs can be done relatively inexpensively and can make you money in the future.
Do You Know How Many Different Types of Roofs There Are?
Buying a new roof is worth it, but can take up a lot of time and money. Not only is this time and money spent on the installation itself, but simply picking out a roof can use it as well. In modern roofing, there are countless options of materials, colors, and patterns for roofs. Here are a few of the most common forms of residential and commercial roofs to give you a head start heading into your next roofing projects.
There are many different types of residential roofs, including asphalt shingle roofs, metal roofs, cedar shake roofs, clay tile roofs, and slate roofs.
The options for commercial roofs are, typically, EPDM roofing, modified bitumen roofing, white membrane roofing, metal roofs, and green roofs. Green roofs are the most unique of the bunch, as these roofs are made up of soil and vegetation to create a green space and help with storm drainage.
Talk with a roofing professional to get a better idea of which roofing material is right for your home.
The Pros For Using Metal Roofing
Metal roofing is not the most common style of roofing, primarily due to its high cost, but it is one of the best. Here are a few things that make metal roofing an exceptional choice for your home:
Metal roofing can provide a rustic or modern look to home depending on the style. Additionally, they can be painted any color, which means you can have a completely custom roof.
Metal roofs are very durable and can last for 30 to 50 years. This means less money spent on future roofs and on repairs.
Metal roofs are also very reflective. What does this mean? Most asphalt shingle roofs absorb a large number of UV rays. As your roof absorbs heat, it heats up your home, making your air conditioning unit work harder. Since metal roofs reflect heat, they effectively help lower energy costs. They are also extremely fire-resistant and are very good for storm drainage.
While these roofs are more expensive than asphalt shingle roofs, they have benefits that outweigh the higher costs. Metal roofs look great, last a long time, and will lower your energy costs.
Flat Roof Storm Drainage
Flat roofs and storm drainage seem like they would be at odds with one another. Without much of a pitch, water can have a difficult time draining off a roof and can lead to leaks, dry rot, and mold growth. While water may not drain off flat roofs as easily as off steeper pitched roofs, there are a few actions you can take to aid in storm drainage.
Interior drains work wonders to solve drainage problems on your flat roof. These are essentially a series of pipes that are installed near the center of your roof that helps drain water. You can also install protective measures to ensure leaves, dirt, and other debris do not clog up the pipes.
Flat roof systems can always benefit from gutters. While gutters cannot access pooled water on the roof and fix these drainage issues, they do significantly aid in drainage during storms.
Scuppers work well to move water away from your flat roof. They do this by acting as funnels to channel water away from the roof. However, these also do not address pooled water on the roof. While expensive, your best bet at controlling standing water on your flat roof is by having interior drains installed.
The Use of Asbestos Paper in Roofing
It really is astounding that asbestos was used so abundantly in construction. The negative health effects are numerous, but the most notable is mesothelioma. While asbestos was used for decades to strengthen walls and other structures while increasing fire resistance, it was also used in roofs.
Asbestos was used in roofs for several decades. During the mid-1900s, asbestos was used to strengthen shingles and other roofing materials. It was also used as tar paper to increase the fire resistance of the roof.
The damage that asbestos can do to your health is well-documented and should be removed if you spot it in your roof. However, this work should always be done by a professional. If you incorrectly remove asbestos from your roof, it can result in damage to your health.
Additionally, if your home was built during the mid-1900s, you should have it inspected immediately. A professional will be able to spot asbestos in roofing and will be able to recommend a course of action for having it removed.
Drone Usage in Roofing
Drones have become commonplace in homes and work environments. Many drone users are hobbyists, but they are also used frequently to capture aerial footage for commercials, videos, and other productions. The use of drones has extended to many different sectors, including the roofing industry.
Roofs can sometimes be very steep and virtually inaccessible. Should damage occur, it could be very difficult or impossible to quickly access the roof to observe damage, making it difficult to give an accurate estimate. Drones can access these portions of the roof very easily and they can record video very clearly. This results in less liability for the roofing company, less chance of injury, and a more accurate estimate for the homeowner. Most importantly, drones help keep roofers safe.
Ultimately, drones decrease time and cost. While most roofing estimates are very cheap or free for the homeowner, the roofing company still has to pay someone to observe the roof. Since drones save time, they help save the roofing company money. How does this impact you? Since efficiency is increased and costs are decreased, these savings are passed along to you.
If you have any further questions regarding this information, you can contact us at 918-558-ROOF.
Outdoor Creations Roofing is located at 12816 S. Memorial Dr. in Tulsa, Oklahoma.