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Three Reasons to Raise Your Roof

There are many reasons to keep your shelter in good repair, and your roof is the most important part. If you are faced with any of these three important reasons, you need to start researching roofing contractors as soon as possible.


  1. Selling the Roof Over Your Head
  2. Long Beach, California Realtor Marilyn Tyo said a roof is one of the most important elements when selling your home or buying a new one.

    "Roofing is one of the very first things you notice when you walk up to a house. If you want to sell your home, your roof needs to look good," she explained. "It's no different than your front yard when it comes to curb appeal."

    Likening your home to a pretty girl, Tyo suggested to dress her up and not leave her in shabby clothes. "First impressions really count--you want potential buyers to want to come into the house. Call three roofing contractors and get some bids before you put home on the market," she suggested.

  3. Architectural Integrity: Choose the Right Roofing Material
  4. There are certain house designs that need to have particular roofs to look exactly right. A Spanish-style house looks like half a house without a red tile roof, while Cape Cods need shake roofs to truly look at home.

    "Houses that sell for a few million dollars usually don't have a composition roof," Tyo said. "If you live in an old home that might be an historical landmark, you might not be allowed to have a different kind of roof. But they are making composite roofs with fire-retardant materials that simulate shake and some other classic styles."

  5. Advances in Green Roofing
  6. There are many new green roofing materials that offer energy efficiency that can save you money in the long run. There are options to use materials that are extremely long-lasting and need little to no repair. Replacing your roof fewer times in the house's lifetime can help keep landfill space stay open. Some of these items are more expensive, but put you ahead financially long term.

    There are always exceptions. Cary Cisterna, a seasoned roofer in California, suggested in an interview for www.OldHouseWeb.com that if not much of your roof shows from the outside--a low pitched roof, then really expensive materials are not that important. Houses with a higher pitch that show off the roof are more deserving of a big price tag.

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Roofing vs. Reroofing

Roofing vs. Reroofing

If you come to find out that your roof has been damaged and needs to be fixed then there are two main approaches you can take. You can either decide to make a roof repair or replace the entire roof. Roof repairs will generally save you time and money, but in most cases a new roof is the best option. As a general rule of thumb, if the existing roof on is only one layer and there are no problems with the roof deck, a new roof is not necessary.

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