What do you think of when you look at a home’s roof? Do you see it as just something that protects the home or as a piece of the home’s beauty? It’s true that without a solid roof, your home would lose energy and could be at risk of water damage, mold, and even rodents. But your roof does more than protect your home; it adds to its curb appeal too.
It sounds crazy – how could a roof help your home look better? But it does and you’d be surprised to learn how many homebuyers judge a home by its roof. It’s not a small investment, so buying a home with a roof you don’t like can get costly.
A Roof Adds Character
More than 50 percent of your home’s exterior is the roof. It’s not just something that protects your home – it creates your home’s character. If you want to stand out from the neighbors or blend in (your choice), start with the roof. Changing the color or style dramatically changes a home’s appearance giving it a whole new personality or vibe.
The Color Adds Appeal
You may not even consider a roof’s color until you see a home with a color that stands out. This may be good or bad, depending on what you like. A good color blends with the home and/or pulls out certain colors in the home’s accessories, just like inside your home. Think of the areas you have an accent color – what do you use to pull it out? A roof does the same thing.
The Type of Roof can Help your Home’s Style
If you have a particular style, such as a Spanish home, modern home, or even classic, the type of roof helps complete the look. For example, clay and slate roofs are great for Spanish homes and metal roofs are great for country-style homes.
Your roofing contractor can help you choose the right material given your home’s style. You can also look around your neighborhood and see what other homeowners have done.
Roofing Makes your Home Look Well Kept
When you choose a solid roofing structure and maintain it, your roof can make your home look well kept. Curb appeal is a big deal, as your home’s exterior is the first thing people see. If the home looks rundown, with missing shingles, a mismatched roof, or just an old roof, it can bring your home’s curb appeal down.
Ruining your home’s curb appeal decreases its value. No one will want to see the inside of the home if they don’t like what’s on the outside, which is why roofing is such an important investment in your home.
Should you Replace your Roof?
Deciding when to replace your roof is based on two factors – function and beauty. A home with a dilapidated roof has no curb appeal and a potentially lower value. But a home with a beautiful and functional roof will have better curb appeal and be worth more.
If your home good use a curb appeal boost, look at the roof. If you can change things up, you may be surprised to see just how much your home changes. With the right maintenance and care, your home could have a new lease on life!