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Austin Roofing: Article About Roofs That Improve Home Value

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When it comes to getting a new roof on the home, some consumers think carefully about how they might add value to the home when it comes time to sell it. Fortunately, a home's perceived value increases any time a new roof is added by an Austin roofing company, since most buyers know that it's an expensive job and do not want such a thing looming in the future so soon after buying a home. Still, some roofs can add more value than others, and it's a good idea to compare all of the available options.

Metal roofs are starting to gain in popularity, and with good reason. These roofing systems are hardy, don't require a lot of maintenance, and last significantly longer than asphalt shingles. Since they're more expensive to install, a homebuyer may look favorably on a home that already has one. They'll know that it will be a while before they need to make significant repairs.

Solar shingles are also an option that can add a lot of perceived value to the home, especially in areas like Texas, where there tends to be a lot of sun.

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Less bulky than the old style of solar panels, this newer style looks more like traditional shingles, while still providing the benefits of solar power. Homeowners who have these shingles for a few years before trying to sell the home will be able to show potential buyers the energy savings they've provided. If the shingles generate additional power, the energy companies will sometimes buy this energy back, earning the homeowner a small income.

Cedar shake tiles are the preferred look for some high end homes. Switching to this style can potentially add some value. However, it may be a good idea to ensure that the shakes used are sourced from environmentally conscious companies. Some cedar shake manufacturers source the wood from old growth forests, which can turn off some buyers.

No matter which type of roofing material is chosen, it's smart to consider the styles used by other homes in the neighborhood. If the style seems out of place, there's a chance that it could be viewed as a negative point, even though it might add value in another neighborhood. A real estate professional may be able to offer advice regarding this.

Ultimately, the homeowner is unlikely to get the full cost of the roof installation in the price of the home when it sells, so it's important to consider whether the cost is worth the additional expense.

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