The Pros And Cons Of Certain Roofing Materials

The roof of a home is one of the primary concerns of real estate transactions for both buyers and sellers. An aging roof can affect the value of your home. Often, if your roof is over 20 years old, it’s wise to have it repaired or replaced. The material that is chosen for the roof is just as important as the way that the roof is constructed. A new roof may even make your home look more updated and more attractive.  

Types Of Roofing Materials

When you are deciding on certain roofing materials, you’ll need to consider some things:

  • The color of the material
  • The weight of the material
  • Will the material stand up to severe weather conditions?
  • How much does it cost? 

Asphalt Shingles

This is the most popular type of roofing material. These shingles can be reinforced without the appearance changing. It does come in many different colors and is the least expensive type of roofing material ranging between $70 and $120 per square. The downside to asphalt is that it doesn’t have a very long lifespan compared to other kinds of roofing materials, lasting somewhere between 20 and 25 years. It also isn’t a very insulating type of material, which is a downside for home construction.  

Slate

Slate is a beautiful material that can be used for roofing. It appears with many different shades including shades of green, gray and red. Slate is a very sturdy material. It’s even fire resistant. The problem is that it’s very heavy and requires special installation. The good news is that your investment is well worth it. Slate roofing can last between 50 and 100 years or longer! 

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are a sought after roofing material. They weather well, turning to shades of gray, which is attractive for some homebuyers. One obvious problem with wood roofing is that it’s a fire hazard. Wood shingles are treated with a fire-resistant coating. Fire codes could prevent you from being able to install this type of roof in your area. In wetter climates, wood shingles can mold or rot away. Wood shingles cost about $100 to $150 per square. The lifespan of wood shingles is somewhere between 25 and 30 years.  

Other Roofing Options


There’s many synthetic roofing products that are available. These include rubber, plastic and polymer. A roof can be made so that you end up with the color and the look that you want. You can have a synthetic roof made to look like slate, making it more affordable. These synthetic materials can even be fire resistant. Synthetic roofing materials aren’t as expensive as their alternatives, making them more attractive for home construction. This type of roof also can be much more durable. The problem with roofs like these is that they can absorb water and their quality varies. This could cause obvious problems in the future once this roof is installed. The price of synthetic roofing varies but these roofs can last up to 50 years.

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Welcome to Sunnymeade! This gracious Federal Colonial, owned by Thomas Brastow, Jr, c. 1775, is set on 3.5+ pastoral acres offering small scenic pond, stonewall, raised granite beds, brick walkways + specimen trees & plantings. Meticulously updated & beautifully adapted for modern living — Main House boasts 10 rooms, 5 Bedrooms including Master Suite w/ Full Bath + Laundry, 4 Fireplaces, Formal Living Room open to Sun Room + Dining Room, Custom Kitchen w/ honed granite counters, island, walk-in pantry, adjoining Dining Area w/ Beehive Oven, Family Room open to Covered Tiered Deck overlooking lush grounds + fenced garden, Birthing Room (Office), 2 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths. Nicely preserved hardwood floors, rustic woodwork, exposed post & beam. Structurally-restored Barn w/ loft area & endless possibilities! Improvements include Kitchen + Master Suite + Sun Room, Furnace, Electric, Roof, Covered Deck, Structural Repairs, Generator. Come see this wonderful antique home rich in heritage!!

This is a Colonial/Antique style home and features 10 total rooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, 5 bedrooms, 3.55 Acres, and is currently available for $650,000.

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Welcome to Sunnymeade! This gracious Federal Colonial, owned by Thomas Brastow, Jr, c. 1775, is set on 3.5+ pastoral acres offering small scenic pond, stonewall, raised granite beds, brick walkways + specimen trees & plantings. Meticulously updated & beautifully adapted for modern living — Main House boasts 10 rooms, 5 Bedrooms including Master Suite w/ Full Bath + Laundry, 4 Fireplaces, Formal Living Room open to Sun Room + Dining Room, Custom Kitchen w/ honed granite counters, island, walk-in pantry, adjoining Dining Area w/ Beehive Oven, Family Room open to Covered Tiered Deck overlooking lush grounds + fenced garden, Birthing Room (Office), 2 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths. Nicely preserved hardwood floors, rustic woodwork, exposed post & beam. Structurally-restored Barn w/ loft area & endless possibilities! Improvements include Kitchen + Master Suite + Sun Room, Furnace, Electric, Roof, Covered Deck, Structural Repairs, Generator. Come see this wonderful antique home rich in heritage!!

3 Costly Home Selling Mistakes Before You List Your Residence

For home sellers, it is essential to dedicate the necessary time and resources to streamline the process of adding your property to the real estate market. In addition, you should prepare for any challenges that you may encounter after your home is listed. By doing so, you can avoid many costly mistakes.

Ultimately, there are numerous costly mistakes that may prevent a home seller from optimizing the value of his or her residence, including:

1. Underestimating Your Closing Costs

Closing costs may put a major dent in how much you obtain for your house. Fortunately, you can calculate your closing costs before you sell your home.

Consider all of the expenses that may be included in your closing costs. From attorney and other professional fees to excise tax expenses, you’ll want to account for any and all costs that may impact how much you’ll earn for your house.

Also, if you ever have concerns or questions about closing costs, be sure to consult with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can explain how closing costs work and help you plan accordingly.

2. Guessing Your Home’s Price

What you paid for your home several years ago is unlikely to be what the same as what your house is worth today. Thankfully, you can meet with a home appraiser to determine the true value of your property.

A home appraisal offers a great first step to determining the right price for your home. Meanwhile, a home appraiser may be able to help you identify home problems that you can correct prior to adding your home to the real estate market.

Furthermore, don’t forget to check out the prices of comparable homes that are available in your area. This will provide you with the housing market data that you need you to price your home competitively from the get-go, boosting your chances for a quick home sale.

3. Letting Your Emotions Get in the Way

Let’s face it – listing your home can be stressful, particularly for a first-time home seller. However, it is important to do whatever you can to prevent your emotions from getting in the way of selling your home.

Setting realistic home selling expectations may enable you to remain calm, cool and collected after you list your property. Luckily, real estate agents are available to guide you along the home selling journey and ensure that you are fully supported at every stage.

Your real estate agent will offer expert tips and recommendations, allowing you to understand the ins and outs of the real estate market. He or she also will negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf, keep you up to date about offers on your residences and host open houses to promote your residence to a broad array of homebuyers. Thus, your real estate agent can help you avoid the stress and anxiety that is commonly associated with selling a home.

Avoid the aforementioned home selling mistakes, and you should have no trouble maximizing the value of your residence.