Reroofing is an expensive home improvement project and the results are not always as visual as lets say a new kitchen or bathroom. But having a functional non leaking roof is important. When a buyer is looking at your home - they generally expect that the roof is leak free. But is there a good return on investment to install a new roof just before a sale?
The answer is not an easy yes or no – many times it depends on the circumstances.
If you are considering reroofing - here are some things to consider:
- Type of roof to install. With California fire danger - many jurisdictions do not allow wood roofs. I would not install a wood roof - even if it would be very ascetically pleasing. A wood roof can cause challenges or extra costs with homeowners insurance, solar panel installations, and more. You have many choices in roof type:
- Tesla Solar roof
- Stone coated steel
- Clay or concrete
- Built up
- Roof garden
Each roof type has advantages and disadvantages – that is a discussion for another article.
- Timing – the obvious one here – is not during rain. But other considerations – is there a baby sleeping during the day – maybe delay the roof until nap times will not be disturbed – or take a trip while the roof is installed. It is noisy
What are the basic steps in a reroof?
- Find a good contractor to do the work
- Obtain a permit
- Tear off the old roof
- Install new roof sheathing if needed (ie you had skip sheathing under a wood roof)
- Install roofing felt
- Install new vents and flashings
- Install gutters and downspouts
- Install new roof and ridge vent
- Final inspection by city or county
If you are thinking of selling I can help you identify the best repairs to do on your home – call me today for a free consultation.