Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:32 am, Thu Feb 27, 2014.
(StatePoint) Looking to add value to your home and make it more sellable in the future? While little fixes here and there can help a bit -- there is one single upgrade that can make a huge impact -- a new roof.
To get the best return on your investment possible, experts say there are a few things to take into consideration.
“A roof that will add to the curb appeal of your home, as well as withstand wear and tear, is always an instant winner with potential homebuyers,” says Sharon Sigman, an experienced realtor who manages a team of 30 real estate agents.
With 28 years of home-selling success under her belt, Sigman has a deep understanding of what types of exterior products help "sell" a home that's on the market. With that in mind, she is offering insider insights into what to look for in a roof:
Think back on the past several years. What trials has your current roof faced?
Protect your home by opting for roofing that’s resistant to the natural disasters and everyday weather to which your home is most susceptible.
With an impact- and fire- resistant roof that’s virtually maintenance-free, you won’t need to fret when you watch the weather report. Pair those features with a long-term warranty and you even may be eligible for a significant rate break on your insurance premium.
When it comes to form vs. function, form often wins out when it comes to potential homebuyers. After all, the power of first impressions cannot be overstated and a roof is one of the first things people see when they look at your home. Luckily, a high-quality roof can also make a big visual impact.
You may only be accustomed to wood or slate roofing. But there are alternatives to natural products that offer the same authentic look without the problematic associated maintenance.
For example, DaVinci Roofscapes manufactures award-winning synthetic slate and shake roofing that replicates hand-split real cedar shakes and natural slate. Each composite roof shingle is lightweight, impervious to freeze and thaw cycles, impact resistant, virtually maintenance-free, color fade resistant, and rated Class A for fire retardance, wind resistance to 110 miles per hour, and is backed by a 50-year limited warranty. More information can be found at www.DaVinciRoofscapes.com.
By seeking out an ENERGY STAR qualified synthetic roofing material, you can improve your entire home’s energy efficiency, as well as reduce the carbon footprint of your home. Look for eco-friendly roof tiling designed to reflect sunlight and heat away from your home and reduce your cooling load.
For a home upgrade with a major return on investment, consider taking advantage of the season and give your roof a fresh makeover.