As we all know, the real estate market in Denver is hot right now. If you are one of the hundreds of families shopping for a new home right now, make sure you don’t overlook the roof. A good conversation opener for your realtor and home inspector is: “Tell me about the roof.” Here are some specific questions to ask in regards to one of the most expensive aspects of a house:
- Type of roof – Roofs are made in several different styles and made out of a variety of materials. Make sure you know what you’re getting and what the maintenance costs might be.
- General condition – This should be examined closely at the time of your inspection by a certified professional, but take a look at the exterior of the roof and ask the listing agent about any noticeable damage.
- Age – How old is the roof?
- Recent repairs – Has the roof undergone any maintenance recently? Are there receipts detailing exactly what was done and how much it cost?
- Chimney - A chimney that has not been properly maintained can cause a lot of costly safety issues. Ask
With 2014 on the horizon, now is a good time to start looking at roofing trends for the new year. Here are three of the big trends for 2014 that are beginning to surface:
1. Asphalt Roofing
Asphalt roofing is currently one of the most popular types of roofing material, with an estimated 80% of homes using it now, and in 2014 this trend will only continue to grow. However, a new type of asphalt roofing – laminated asphalt shingles – is expected to see a rise in use.
2. Green and Energy-Efficient Roofs
It’s no surprise that green and energy-efficient roofs will be more prominent in the year 2014. Commercial roofing companies have been moving toward more green options for some time, but now homeowners will begin seeing these trends also. In fact, in California, as of January 1, 2014, all new buildings must have solar-ready roofs according to the California Energy Commission. This trends will most likely move across the country.
3. Light Color Roofing
Since light roofing absorbs less heat from the sun and can help control heating and cooling costs it is also on point to become
If you are a homeowner looking for a roofer in the Denver metro area, look no further than a Colorado Roofing Association member. On their website you can search for a professional roofer and rest assured knowing you are going to find a licensed and professional member who is an expert at roofing your home or building.
Colorado Roofing Association contractor members, upon joining the association, fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
When it comes time to choosing a new roof, some key considerations are the type of material, style, color and of course, cost. There are many different types of roofing materials available now, including a lot of roofing materials that have a variety of green attributes, such as being ENERGY STAR rated or containing recycled content.
Here is a list of the most popular roofing materials, including key factors like cost, life span and level of sustainability so you can choose the right roof for your new home:
Asphalt shingles: Over 75% of American roofs have asphalt shingles due to low cost, ease of installation, and resiliency. Unfortunately, asphalt shingles have a low insulative value and a shorter lifespan than many other roofing materials available today. They are also made from petroleum products and are not usually recyclable because of the layer of fiberglass added to the shingles. Standard asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors, longevity options, and price points and are always going to be your cheapest option for your roof, but they have the worst environmental track record.
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