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Remodeling Your Home Can Boost Its Value


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Remodeling Your Home Can Boost Its Value

While my wife and I loved our home at first, after a few years, we started craving a change in scenery. We thought about remodeling it to see if that would give us the change we were looking for, but we worried that if we were still bored of our home after the remodeling project, we would have just "wasted" our money before putting it on the market. That mentality changed when we learned that some home remodeling projects can boost the value of your home greatly and even help it sell more quickly after it is put onto the market! We soon had our kitchen upgraded and a few other changes to our home and found out that it really was the change we were craving. I learned a lot about home renovations during the remodeling process, so I decided to create a blog to share my tips on!

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Shingle Roof Damage Symptoms To Watch For

As a new homeowner, learning how to recognize shingle damage on your roof is important. If you overlook the early signs of damage, you'll risk roof leaks and water damage in the house. Since many new homeowners are unfamiliar with those warning signs, it's in your best interest to educate yourself about it. Here's a look at some of the things you should know as you evaluate the condition of your home's shingle roof for the first time.

Curled Edges

Roofing shingles should always lay flat on the roof. You shouldn't be able to see any edges lifting or curling when you look at them. When the edges of your shingles start to curl up, that's an indication that the shingles themselves are aging. As shingles get older, they start to dry out. Exposure to heat and sunlight can also lead to curling. This leaves the shingles vulnerable to uplift from heavy winds, which can cost you lost shingles during storms. In addition, that curling can make them rigid, which can cause them to break or chip.

Bare Patches

Asphalt shingles are covered in a layer of protective granules that help to keep the shingle from suffering damage from ultraviolet rays and the elements. Over time, heavy rains and poor downspout placement can flush those granules away, leaving the base of the shingles exposed to the elements. This can accelerate the aging process, causing the shingles to break down sooner.

Buckling

Over time, shingles that are old, poorly installed or heavily damaged by weather can end up buckling. You can spot buckled shingles because you'll see visible waves and distortions in the shingles when you look up the slope of your roof. If they buckle, that leaves them susceptible to high winds, which can pull them off your roof.

Flashing Damage

The areas around your skylights, chimney and eaves are covered with flashings. The flashings help to seal the area, but they can lift and separate as a result of the expansion and contraction of the roofing material. When the flashing lifts, it allows water to seep underneath. If you see the edges starting to come up, that's an indication that you need to have it repaired or replaced.

With these tips, you can evaluate the condition of your home's roof with confidence. If you're not sure about anything that you see, the best thing to do is call a roofer or a home renovation specialist to help you.