Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Office
There's no question, Washington DC residents are a home-improvement-happy bunch. According to RealEstateEconomyWatch.com, the ongoing growth seen in home values, housing starts, and current home sales is also being reflected in home improvement activity.
But while you are adding a deck or patio, do not dismiss your roof as it is the most visible component of your home. While you may have first noticed the cracks or tiny dents as you were checking your gutters, be mindful that the normal weathering signs on your roof may not be visible when you view it from your driveway or front lawn.
However, if there are problems that are not too awful and the shingles are still intact, you probably just shrug things off: Why worry and call for roofing contractors in DC to check when everything’s still working? One main reason is allowing your roof to fall into disrepair leads to major losses in potential real estate cash. After all, would anyone be interested in buying a home with leaks and water stains on the ceiling? Take note of this excerpt from an article on Realtytrac.com:
Walsh noted that homeowners can expect normal wearing out of certain things around the house, as they reach the end of their expected life. The NAHB’s 2007 report “Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components” provides life expectancies for a number of these items based on the age of the home:
10 to 25 years – Decks, Asphalt Roof, Linoleum or Laminate flooring, Water Heater, Sprinklers, Faucets and Toilets, Air Conditioner, Furnace, Aluminum Windows, Paint, Aluminum and Steel Gutters, Other Appliances
25 to 50 years – Kitchen Cabinets, Wood Roofs, Wood Windows, Electric Heating, Trim Lumber, Kitchen Cabinets
Know that owing to the severity of the environment, even a one-year-old roof may show signs of age compared to a roof that was just installed. Investing a small amount to have Washington roofing contractors examine your roof can improve your home’s value standing for years beyond its normal service life. Maggio Roofing builds, installs, maintains and repairs just about any type of roofing material in use today. It all starts with a free estimate. To set an appointment, check out www.maggioroofing.com.
(Article Excerpt from 71 PERCENT OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES BUILT BEFORE 1990; OLDER HOUSING STOCK REPRESENTS LESS COMPETITION, LOWER PRICES; realtytrac.com)