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Well, if it leaks, of course!  But how long should you let it go before it does start leaking before you swap over those shingles for new ones?  And what exactly are your options?  Is it something you can do yourself?  Should you?

There’s probably not an easy answer for any of those questions, but there sure is a ton of information out there if you want to spend the time looking it up.

First things first though.  If you’re selling your home, what is the very first thing that a prospective buyer will see when pulling up?  Yep, it’s the roof.  So right off the hop, if your shingles are falling off, or are completely worn, you probably want to consider getting this repair done (and ideally BEFORE you list!).  Most buyers will take the cost of a roof off of what they would have offered you, and in my experience they’ll do this even if you’re priced with this taken into account.  Also, it’s natural for buyers to overestimate what it will cost them to do the repairs, so guess what?  That translates into less money in your pocket.

So do you go with asphalt shingles again, or should you upgrade it to a nifty metal roof?

steel tile roofThere are so many options when looking at metal…steel, aluminum, copper, etc.  Plus there are several different styles, whether you’re looking to do it in sheets, or with something more like a steel tile.  Steel will cost you a lot more, and so you might not get the return you’re expecting if this is a job you do right before you sell.  If you’re going to be staying in your home for a while though, the life expectancy of these roofs is a lot longer.  Generally speaking, it will be the last roof you put on your house, so choose a style that you will enjoy looking at for a long long time!

The more affordable route would be the asphalt shingles, which are a lot more common.  Still, you have a lot to choose from…different styles, colours, life expectancies, and even shapes.  You’re more likely to get that return on investment when going this route, plus if you’re handy, it’s a job that you might be able to undertake yourself.

Speaking of which, should you do it yourself?  I guess that really depends.  Personally, I’m really not a fan of falling from any great height. I like my neck to stay unbroken.  You can save a few bucks doing it yourself, but remember…it’s not usually too hard to tell the difference between a DIY job and one done by a professional.  And as far as value in the home goes, the professional job will always grab you more.

Remember, a good roof will look good and add value to your home.  A bad one can be devastating!  Not only do you lose curb appeal, but the damage that can be done to your home could cost you thousands more by ignoring the problem.

Hopefully this helps you make a decision (or spurs you on to research further).  Like anything I write, I’d love it if you could do me the favour and share my blog with your friends, family, coworkers, loose acquaintances, basically anyone who’s literate.  If you like it, click that little like button!  Or leave me a comment with your opinions.  Thanks for reading!

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