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Home improvements increase your home enjoyment, but they also affect your home’s value – roofing repairs yield a 50 to 80% return on investment at resale*.  These tips will help you plan for your roofing improvement needs with a focus on resale value:

  • Function – Recognize a quality roof is vital to protect your home against all weathers, to draw water away from your home’s structure and to help to reduce energy costs
  • Repair – Maintain your roof and replace damaged flashing and shingles or individual sections of metal roofing, repairing shallow surface corrosion by priming and painting
  • Replace – Choose replacement when there is widespread damage and deterioration, keeping in mind multiple, costly repairs can quickly outstrip replacement costs
  • Structure – Repair your roof’s structure if it visibly sags or if expert inspection reveals structural issues as these can continue to escalate into severe structural damage
  • Materials – Select durable, high quality roofing materials appropriate to your home’s style and sufficiently lightweight enough for your roof’s structure to support
  • Flashing – Ensure a quality flashing material is properly installed and caulked and inspect it regularly as this is the most common source of leaks
  • Insulate – Take the opportunity to increase attic insulation and seal air leaks between the living space and the attic to improve your roof’s life span and performance
  • Ventilate – Increase attic ventilation, where required, to prevent rot and improve longevity and energy efficiency, venting exhaust outside, not into the attic
  • Installation – Hire a reputable roofer as your roof, regardless of the quality of materials used, will only perform as good as the professional who installed it
  • Maintain – Clear your roof of debris and perform a twice annual inspection to make repairs, eradicate moss and mould, remove rust and keep the eaves and drains clear

Interview at least three roofing contractors, ensuring they are licensed, insured and agreeable to obtaining the required permits.  Depending on the quality of installation, materials and maintenance, your new roof carries a minimum life expectancy of 15 years.

*Appraisal Institute of Canada, Home Renovation Survey