Spring is the time for many home projects. From the work that needs to be done to replace broken tiles on slate roofs to replacing an entire set of new gutters, many of the projects that need to be done are best completed by professional contractors. In fact, professional roofing installation, as well as new gutter installation requires careful attention to detail. Moving further down the house, high-quality windows services are also in high demand as the spring like weather arrives.
Although there are many kinds of superficial changes that can be made to a home, but when you make the decision to work on a roof, a gutter system, or all of the windows in a house you are making the decision to add more than beauty. You are also adding efficiency and value to a home.
Exterior Home Improvements Offer a Way to Add Value to Your Home
Whether you are considering upgrading to one of the many kinds of slate roofs or you are planning to upgrade all of the windows in your home, it is important that you get pay for the highest quality materials that you can afford. It is also important to work with the most experienced and qualified contractors that you can find. And while these choices are more expensive, they are essential to making sure that you add to the overall return on investment (ROI) of your home.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the roof, window, and getter industries and the impact that they have on the economy of the nation:
- New windows can lower energy bills. Depending on where you live, in fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that a home owner can save as much as $501 a year by replacing older single pane windows with new models that are Energy Star approved.
- A roof should be inspected once or twice a year in normal circumstances.
- A typical family spends about 33% of its annual heating and cooling budget, which is approximately $350, on air that leaks into or out of the house through unintended cracks and gaps.
- 38% of heat loss in the average home is through windows and doors. If a home has drafty single pane windows, heat loss through windows may increase by as much as 50%.
- On average, home owners will spend between 1% and 4% of a property’s value every year on maintenance and repairs. These maintenance and repair jobs tend to increase as the house ages, and for a $200,000 home, that is at least $2,000 in repairs annually.
Spring is here and it is increasingly important in today’s competitive home market to make sure that you are making the changes and upgrades that you need to add value to your home. From slate roofs to professional siding, it is always important to make sure that you are investing in the highest quality exterior home products that you can afford.