After a bruising 2020, the start of the new year is the perfect time to pursue home improvement projects. But before you start a planning home improvement project, it’s important to do a bit of research first.
You should start by identifying your home’s needs. Does your exterior need a new coat of paint? Do you need a larger kitchen? After writing down the home improvement project that can meet your home’s needs, look up their returns on investment (ROI).
Here are some home improvement projects worth considering:
Minor Bathroom Remodel
The bathroom is one of the most frequently used parts of a home, which is why it’s not surprising that even minor improvements have an average return of 102%. Updating your bathroom design can help create a more relaxing environment in what’s supposed to be a sanctuary within the home.
Studies have shown that spending time in nature or watching scenes of nature can reduce stress levels. If your anxiety levels increased a lot in 2020, a professionally landscaped garden would be worth the investment. In terms of ROIs, landscaping projects have some of the best, returning roughly 100% of your initial investment.
Entry Door Replacement
The entry door is the first thing people see when they visit your home, so if it’s starting to get a bit worn, you may need to get a door replacement, which has an average ROI of 90.7%.
Remodeling your kitchen – the hub of activity in your home – yields an average ROI of 98.5%. It’s always a good idea to add more storage space, or you can give worn kitchen cabinets a fresh coat of paint.
Don’t underestimate how much energy is lost through inefficient windows. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat gain and heat loss through inefficient windows account for 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling costs. As such, an energy-efficient window replacement can help improve indoor comfort and lower electricity costs in the long run.
Deck or Porch Addition
Need more recreational space in your backyard? A deck or porch addition would be a smart investment. On average, you can expect ROIs of 90.3% on a new deck or porch.
Attic Bedroom Conversion
If, on the other hand, you need more living space inside your home, you can convert your attic into a bedroom. In general, you can expect ROIs of 93.5% on an attic bedroom conversion.
Roofing maintenance is a must if you want to keep your roof in good condition. Through routine inspections and maintenance, roofing issues can be detected, and repairs can be done before roofing damage affects other parts of your home.
It’s never a good idea to cut back on maintenance costs, but there are ways to reduce your roof’s maintenance needs. One of them is to have roof coatings applied to your roof. Roof coatings act as an additional protective layer against the elements and increase your roof’s resistance against elements.
Aside from additional protection for your roof, roof coatings can also help reduce cooling costs while improving indoor comfort. Reflective roof coatings, as the name suggests, reflect ultraviolet (UV) rays – which can prematurely age your roof – and heat, which helps reduce the strain on your HVAC system.
Types of Roof Coatings
Keep in mind not all roof coatings can provide the same level of protection for your roof. Here’s an overview of the pros and cons of the most popular types of roof coatings:
- Acrylic coatings – Acrylic water-based coatings have excellent resistance against UV rays and weather-related damage, making them a great choice for homes in sunny climates.
- Silicone coatings – If you live in a rainy climate, the most recommended are silicone coatings, which are also highly resistant to UV damage like acrylic coatings. There is one notable difference between the two is silicone coatings’ increased resistance against moisture damage. Silicone coatings, which are not water-based, can handle pooling water better than water-based acrylic coatings.
- Asphalt coatings – As the name suggests, this type of coating is usually applied to asphalt substrates.
- Polyurethane coatings – This type of coating has excellent resistance against hail damage and foot traffic.
To learn more about your coating options, consult a local roofer. Since the pros are familiar with the local climate and building codes, they can make better recommendations.
Roof coatings and routine roofing maintenance can help extend your roof’s lifespan, but at a certain point, you’ll need to replace it. Why replace a roof when it can still be repaired? Repair costs might not seem like much individually, but they can quickly add up over time. That’s why in the long run, it makes more financial sense to get a roof replacement.
What are some of the warning signs you need a new roof? The warning signs vary depending on the type of material installed. For instance, excessive granule loss and bald patches are signs an asphalt roof is nearing the end of its lifespan. And, if you have a metal roof, keep an eye out for dark spots, which could be a warning sign rust is forming. However, there are unmistakable signs your roof needs to be replaced.
Some of these warning signs are:
- Increasingly frequent roof repairs – As your roof ages, it’ll suffer more breakdowns, which will require roof repair work.
- Higher heating and cooling costs – Gaps in your roof and exterior allow conditioned air to escape, forcing your HVAC system to consume more electricity to keep indoor temperatures at a comfortable level.
- Cracks – Prolonged exposure to UV rays and the elements can cause cracks to form on the roof surface and allow water to infiltrate your interior.
Aside from keeping an eye out for any of the aforementioned warning signs, contractors would recommend keeping a roofing file to keep track of your roof’s lifespan and maintenance.
Choosing a Roof Replacement
To maximize your ROIs on a new residential roofing replacement, you need to choose a roofing material that’s suited to your area’s climate. Remember: no matter how durable your roof is, it won’t last long if it can’t handle your area’s climate.
To help you choose the right roofing material for your local climate, here’s an overview of some of the popular roofing materials:
- Metal roofing panels – Metal roofing panels are known for their durability, they have an average lifespan of 50 years and are resistant to a wide range of common roofing issues, including moisture, rot, fire and insect damage. And, if you’re looking for an energy-efficient roof, a metal roofing system would be a good choice. Metal roofs reflect heat instead of absorbing it and help reduce the strain on your HVAC system in summer.
- Tile – An equally durable and energy-efficient alternative to a metal roofing system is a tile roof, which is considered a cool roof because it supports proper ventilation and reflects heat. And, unlike other roofing systems, tile roofs don’t need a lot of upkeep to maintain their durability.
- Asphalt shingles – There’s a reason why asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in North America. They’re easy to install and cost-efficient, and are durable enough to handle a wide range of climates. Keep in mind that asphalt shingles’ durability depends on the material used to manufacture them, which is why it’s best to stick to reputable brands, such as GAF.
Making the Most of a Roofing Replacement
To safeguard your ROIs, only certified roofing contractors should handle the roof installation. Here’s a vetting tip: check a prospective roofer’s certifications before hiring one. Certifications are proof contractors have undergone additional training to improve their skill set. GAF also offers exclusive warranties to roofing systems installed by GAF-certified contractors.
Total Roof Services Corp., a GAF Master Elite® roofer, offers a wide range of professional roofing services, including emergency roof repair services. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (407) 495-4151, or fill out this form.