Few things are as complicated as determining a homes value. While obvious things like the overall condition of the house and size determine much of the value, other, more superficial factors such as design trends and curb appeal can swing the value by hundreds, even thousands.
curb ap·peal noun.
The visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street .Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Comprised of multiple factors, curb appeal is generally calculated based on the attractiveness of things like landscaping and siding/paint with the main 2 focal points being the front door and roof.
How does your roof affect curb appeal?
As A Design Element
Choosing the proper roof shape and pitch that compliments your homes architectural style can increase your homes curb appeal and value dramatically. As long as it’s quality, the material itself, whether it’s slate, asphalt shingle, wood, shake, or anything else doesn’t matter. A good roof design can make all the difference.
With the availability of almost every color of the rainbow nowadays, choosing the right color to compliment the rest of your home can be daunting. Your roof color should compliment every aspect of your home, from the trim down to the foundations.
A new roof can last a lifetime depending on materials and maintenance levels but even the hardiest shingle and other non-metal roofs can lose their luster after a few years. Algae, stains, fading and UV rays from the sun can make even newer roofs look old and worn out. So even if your roof is in great shape structurally, if it looks bad it will affect your homes curb appeal and value negatively.
Regular preventative maintenance and high quality materials can help alleviate these problems but if you’re looking for a material that will last and still look good for decades with minimal effort, metal roofs are the way to go.
You only get one chance to make a good first impression
Most home buyers will form their initial opinion of your home in the first 7-10 minutes after seeing it. This is why curb appeal is so important. This suggests that a home with low curb appeal will lose potential buyers before the even look at the interior. Where a home that looks gorgeous from the street could fetch a higher asking price simply because more buyers are interested.
Curb appeal can increase your homes value if you are selling or just make coming home a nicer experience if you are not, in either case, improving your homes curb appeal is a win-win.
Whether you’re selling your home or simply want a nicer roof, in Metro Atlanta call Atlanta Roofing Specialists at (770) 419-2222 for a free estimate on how to get and keep your roof looking great for years to come!