Seller Tip: Up Your Curb Appeal By Looking Up- At Your Roof!
Up Curb Appeal By Looking Up- At Your Roof!
When trying to up curb appeal, many home owners focus on landscaping or repainting that front door. But did you know that by updating or repairing your roof you can increase curb appeal by 40%?
The condition of your roof is one of the first things appraisers assess and potential buyers notice. Faded, curled, damaged or missing shingles add nothing to the look or value of your house. If your neighbors happen to have maintained or recently replaced their roofs, yours will look especially tattered and old.
To up the ante on your curb appeal, use these helpful tips to improve the look and functionality of your roof:
1. Start off by checking the roof framing structure to make sure it is not compromised. Visually scan the roof for any sagging or uneven areas.
2. Inspect and clean your gutter systems to make sure they are not clogged with leaves or debris.
Also consider installing a gutter guard so you can spend less time cleaning your gutters. These guards can be added to existing gutters and prevent birds from building nests in your gutters, and prevent premature rust.
3. Make sure that gutters are fastened properly and are tight and secure. If not, the build-up of water and debris can lead to overflow and weight that will test the integrity of your fasteners. The gutters could even fall of the fascia board and damage your home's exterior.
4. Check the valleys of the roof to ensure that they are also free and clear of debris.
5. Metal flashing should be used around roof vents, pipes, skylights, and chimneys. One of the most common causes for roofing leaks is due to problems where there is lack of or damaged flashing.
6. Walk around your entire house and carefully inspect the shingles on the roof. Look for curling edges, missing granules, missing shingles, etc.
Finally, if you decide to replace your roof, remember that it is best to tear off the old roof and install a new one, rather than installing new shingles over your old ones. Not only does this increase the longevity of the new roof, removing the old roof reveals any defects that should be addressed before the new roof is installed.
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