Homeowners tend to see the exterior of their homes – roofs, doors and windows – as a single entity and not as different components. In this they are right, because all these have a few things in common. They protect your home from the weather and environment, they add to its value and overall appearance, and improving or replacing them can produce good returns on investment. A residential roofing company can also replace windows if it becomes necessary.
Roof and window replacement offer high returns on investment
Maintaining and replacing roofing and windows can be an expense, but it is one that will pay off by making your home safer and more secure. Roof and window replacement can add to the overall value of your home and provide a significant return on investment (ROI). Homeowners can expect to spend about 1 to 4% of their home?s value, on average, each year on maintenance and repair costs. These costs tend to increase over time as the house becomes older.
However, home improvement projects like roof repair and replacement can add to the value of your house. Replacing doors and windows too adds to the value of your home. According to HouseLogic’s ?Cost vs. Value Report?, adding a steel front door is the home improvement project with the best ROI, yielding a long-term ROI of 98%. Replacement windows are also on the list of projects with the best ROI and have an average ROI of 78.6%.
Replacement roofs: asphalt or steel?
What material should you choose for your replacement roof? Homeowners prefer materials that are durable, long-lasting and require little maintenance. Some of the most popular materials used for residential roofing are asphalt and steel. Steel has some advantages over asphalt: it is more durable, requires few repairs, it has more recycled content, and it can be completely recycled.
These factors make steel roofs more environmentally friendly than the traditional asphalt, which is an important consideration for homeowners and consumers in general today. While asphalt roofs can need to be replaced within 12 to 20 years, steel roofs can last for 20 to 50 years with minimum repairs and maintenance.
On average, residential roofing is replaced in the U.S. within 17 years. Steel residential roofing materials come with long warranties, and the roofers add their own warranties, guaranteeing their work. Steel roofs are also more eco-friendly than asphalt, being made of about 56% recycled content. They can be fully recycled at the end of their lives. In this sphere as well, they outdo asphalt.
Pick your color
Many people prefer the traditional look of asphalt shingles and sometimes homeowners’ association or historical area requirements limit the colors that can be used on exteriors. As many as one third or 32% of all homeowners may face such restrictions. Steel residential roofing materials are also available in shingles and come in a range of colors to match any home exterior style or design.
Just as roofs, doors and windows serve multiple functions, replacing them offers numerous benefits. They add to the life, durability and value of your house, improve insulation and protection from the weather, and give it the look you want. A residential roofing company can help you pick the right materials, colors and styles for your roof, doors and windows.