If you are considering putting your single-family detached or semi-detached home up for sale, there are several different things you can do to help boost its value and potentially sell it for more. Many of these things are not that expensive. In some cases, not only will you recover your entire investment costs, but also could recover between 2 to 5 times what you initially paid!
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If you are considering putting your single-family detached or semi-detached home up for sale, there are several different things you can do to help boost its value and potentially sell it for more. Many...Read More
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Even though most shingle roofing is designed to last on average around 20 years, this is not always the case. There are several factors that will determine how long the roof on your home will actually last.
One of the most important factors is how often you inspection the roof. According to the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association), homeowners should inspect their roofs at least twice a year – once in the spring and again in the fall.1
Spring is in the air and now is a good time to spruce up your home to make some changes and improvements. Aside from detail cleaning your home from top to bottom, there are several affordable things you can do to update your home and give it a much needed makeover.
As the snow melts away and the warmer temperatures of spring return, this is a great time to do some spring cleaning. As you are making out your “To Do” list of spring cleaning chores, remember to include your roof. Winter weather, snow, and ice can be your roof’s worst enemy, especially if there were numerous winter storm and several freeze-thaw cycles.
Musty smelling attics are often an indication of moisture and improper attic venting. To ensure your roof lasts and performs for a long time, it is essential the ventilation of the attic and roof are sufficient.
Ventilation is accomplished using a variety of different roofing material products. These air vents are installed at key locations and areas of the roof. The objective is to create the right air flow into and out of the attic space. This air flow is what helps control the air temperatures in the attic space, as well as moisture.
Most Canadian homeowners will only replace their roofing systems once or twice during the entire time they own their home. Of course severe storms, excess snowfalls and other such natural causes can result in having to have roofs replaced or repaired several times over the period you own your home.
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- Top Off Your Attic Insulation:Most homes have insufficient attic insulation – even newer homes. This is because builders only install the minimum amount required by current building codes. Topping off your insulation will improve the energy efficiency of your home and increase its value.
- Improve Your Basement Insulation: Another are of the home that is under-insulated in your basement. Adding more insulation to the basement also improves its overall energy efficiency and increases its value.
- Have Your Basement Renovated: Finishing the basement or updating its look and appearance can increase the value of your home.
- Have a New Roof Installed: If you current roof is ten to fifteen years old, getting a new roof installed will increase your home’s value. For prospective buyers, they are willing to offer more when the home has a new roof since it means they won’t have to worry about this expense for quite some time.
- Install a New Garage Door: A new garage door can give your home a new look and at the same time, increase its value. Consider a garage door that is insulated for the best return on your investment.
- Install a New Front Door: A new front door also improves the curb value of your home. Many new doors are insulated better than those that are five or ten years old.
- Power Wash Vinyl Siding: If you have vinyl siding on the home, give it a good power washing to remove dust, dirt, and any mold or mildew to give it a fresh, like-new appearance.
- Paint Wood Siding: If you home has wood siding, giving it a fresh coat of paint will make it stand out and can increase your homes resale value.
- Power Wash the Driveway: If you driveway has stains, you can easily remove these and restore the look of the concrete. Just remember to reseal the concrete afterwards to improve its stain resistance and keep it looking great.
Tips for Choosing Which Improvement Project to Do
Ideally, you will want to do all of the above improvements to your home to help increase its value the most. However, if you have a set budget to work within, you will want to concentrate on those things that will provide the best returns.
You would definitely want to get a new roof installed if yours needs replacing. Otherwise, if your roof is in decent shape, then concentrate on improving the attic and basement insulation. Homes that are better insulated have lower energy costs, which translates to a potentially higher sales price.
In addition, the NRCA recommends homeowners perform an inspection after windstorms, thunder storms, excessive rain storms, and heavy snow storms where large amounts of snow accumulated on the roof. Each of these types of weather events could potentially causes damages to the roof and roofing system, which could shorten its overall life expectancy.
When performing an inspection of your roof, make sure to look for the following signs that often indicate you need a new roof:
- Cracked, Damaged or Missing Shingles
- Daylight Shining through the Roof and Into the Attic
- Excessive Shingle Granules in Your Gutters or on the Ground
- A Musty/Mildew Smell in the Attic
If you notice any of these things, you will want to have your roof repaired by a professional roofer. If the problem is isolated to a small area, repairs might all you need for now. However, if these problems are affecting a larger, getting a new roof installed might be more effective in the long term
Another factor you need to be aware of are the risks associated with termites. Termites have become a major concern for homeowners all throughout the Greater Toronto Area. According to Global News and statistical data, termites are causing an estimated $120 million in property damages annually in the GTA alone.2
With many GTA homes built primarily of wood, including the structures under the roofing system, which can be damaged, weakened and destroyed by termites. As a result, the roof could require replacement sooner than expected.
Furthermore, who installed your current roof can affect how long it will last. Even if you selected the highest quality roofing shingles, but choose an inexperienced installer or did the work yourself, it will cause the roofing system to fail faster. Installing a new roof requires understanding how to correctly install it so that it will last a long time.
This is why roof installation should always be left to a professional and experienced roofing installer. When selecting an installer, take the time to ask for references and verify how long they have been in business. You should also choose a local roofer as they are vested in the community and building relationships with each of their customers.
If you have noticed damages to your roof or you know it should be replaced, please feel free to contact Logik Roofing to request a free roofing estimate by calling (905) 424-7469 today! We are also part of the Green Ontario Program, which features rebates for homeowners, who make improvements to their basement and attic insulation.
1. Clean out excess clutter.
Everyone has items in their closets or boxes stored in their garages or basements they have not opened in years. Make it a point to go through these things and get rid of anything you have not used in the past two years, as well as things you no longer want.
• TIP: Have a garage or yard sale to sell unwanted items for some spending money for an upcoming vacation or other home improvements, like getting a new roof installed.
2. Repaint the walls in your home.
Painting the walls a new colour is not expensive when you do it yourself. If your walls haven’t been updated since you moved in or you have an older home, they are probably well overdue for a new trendy colour.
3. Install new door and drawer hardware.
You might be surprised at how simple it is to swap out the handles, knobs, or other hardware used on the doors and drawers around the home. Afterwards, your drawers and doors will have a new look to them too!
4. Resurface the exterior of your appliance.
If your appliances look a bit dated, but are still in decent shape, an easy update is to use appliance contact paper. The paper is normally made from vinyl or other type of materials with a sticky backing. All you do is apply it to the exterior of your appliances. Plus, you can find contact paper in stainless steel, black, and other modern colours.
• TIP: For ovens, make sure to use heat resistant contact paper.
5. Resurface the exterior of cabinets and drawers.
You can use contact paper or paint to give your cabinets and drawers a new look and feel. If you also swapped out the hardware, your cabinets and drawers will look brand new.
6. Increase the insulation in your home with rebate programs.
Green Ontario is offering rebates to improve the insulation in your basement and attic. The rebates cover most of the costs. In many cases, your only expense, after the rebate are the taxes. For a few hundred dollars you can have a better insulated home, which will help reduce your energy bills.
7. Inspect your roof for signs of damage.
Having your roof inspected should be part of your spring cleaning chores. You want to look for missing and broken shingles, as well as the presence of moss and mildew. These things indicate your roof needs repaired or replaced. In addition, if you notice water stains on the ceilings inside your home, the roof is most likely leaking.
To learn more about rebates available through the Green Ontario program and improving your attic and basement insulation, or to schedule an appointment for a roof repair or replacement quote, please feel free to contact Logik Roofing at (905) 424-7469 today!
Here are some things you can do on your own as part of your spring cleaning chores:
1. Cut back trees. You want to make sure there are no tree branches overhanging your roof. Overhanging branches will result in extra leaves or pine needles on the roof. Not to mention if the branches were to break off, they could cause damages to your roof.
2. Check the roof for pine needles and leaves. A stray leaf or a few pine needles will not hurt your roof. However, if you notice there are leaves or pine needles accumulating in valleys and ridges on the roof, these need to be removed.
They will trap moisture in and can lead to problems with mold, mildew and moss problems. Plus, if the water is sitting on top of the shingles, eventually, it can work its way underneath and could potentially become a roof leak.
- Spring Cleaning Tip: DO NOT use a power washer on your roofing shingles. The power washer can damage the shingles by removing the granules. To remove leaves, pine needles and other items, you can use a leaf blower.
3. Inspect and clean your gutters and eaves. Make sure your eaves and gutters are securely attached to the home and have not come loose. You will want to clean out and remove any pine needles or leaves. In addition, look for damages from heavy snowfalls and ice and have these repaired.
4. Check the roof for mold, moss, and mildew. All of these things can grow in dark, damp, and moist areas on the roof that does not get direct sunlight. If you had leaves and pine needles that needed removed, make sure to treat the area they were with an appropriate product to kill the mold, moss, or mildew. If the problem is more widespread, then it is time to call in a professional roofer for assistance.
5. Visually inspect the flashing and shingles. The flashing is the part around roof vents and the chimney and should be intact. You also want to check to make sure there are no shingles missing from the roof.
6. Inspect your attic for signs of water leaks and damage. Access your attic and look for water stains on the underside of the roof. Water stains will appear as brown-coloured spots. You will also want to look for signs of mold and mildew as these indicate a moisture problem, which could mean a leak.
If you want help inspecting your roof or attic, or need repairs, or increase your attic or basement insulation, please feel free to contact Logik Roofing at (905) 424-7469 today! We are part of the Green Ontario program and offer rebates that will practically pay for attic insulation and basement insulation.
Depending on the age of your home, the amount of ventilation you have may not reflect current building codes. Building codes are constantly updated and changed. As a result, the requirements from five, ten or fifteen years ago could be different from today’s requirements. It is beneficial to consult with a professional roofer, like at Logik Roofing to determine if your home’s attic ventilation meets current building codes.
In addition, as home designs vary, the type of ventilation that works for one home may not always be sufficient for your home. It is important to keep in mind no single venting solution will work best for every home. Oftentimes a combination of ventilation products and solutions are required, which could include any combination of the following:
- Attic Fans: Fans can be installed to help draw out air from the attic and vent it outdoors. The fans can be controlled manually using an on/off switch or with an attached thermostat. With a thermostat, the fan automatically turns on once temperatures in the attic reach a reset level and shut off, once temperatures drop below this level.
- Ridge Vents: This form of venting is a strip that is installed along the ridge line of the roof. It requires proper installation to ensure air flow is not restricted or blocked.
- Gable Vents: This type of venting are those vents you see with louvered slats that open and close. They allow air to move out of the attic, while at the same time prevent snow and rain from getting inside.
- Insulation Baffles/Soffit Vents: Part of venting a home’s roofing system is ensuring there are entry and exit points for air flow. Both insulation baffles and soffit vents help do this and are installed at different areas in the roofing system.
Will I Need a New Roof to Get Proper Attic Venting?
Whether you need a new roof will depend on the age of the current roofing shingles. If they are fairly new, and you just lack proper venting, it is possible to increase venting without having to replace all of the shingles on your roof. On the other hand, if your shingles are older or damaged, then getting a new roof at the same time can be beneficial.
To find out more about proper attic insulation and options to get rid of that musty attic smell, please feel free to contact Logik Roofing at (905) 424-7469 or (866) 840-2914 today! We are also an approved contractor for the Green Ontario program, which could provide rebates to cover most of the costs for upgrading your attic and basement insulation!
For most homeowners, understanding the basics to roofing systems can be difficult because the roofing system is much more than just the shingles on the home. In the next section, we will look at what a roofing system is, the components that make up this system, and why regular inspections are important.
What Is a Roofing System?
The roofing system is the entire roofing section on your home. It includes:
- Roofing Shingles
- Gutters, Eaves, and Downspouts
- Attic Insulation
The entire system works together to ensure the roof functions properly and protects your home from the elements.
Definitions of Roofing System Components
Now that you understand what a roofing system is you probably want to know what each component means and its purpose.
- Rafters: The rafters are the framing of the roof on your home and form the foundation of the roofing system.
- Sheathing: The sheathing are the flat wood sheets that are nailed to the rafters and provide the basic foundation for installing roofing shingles.
- Flashing: The flashing are metal sheets used around chimneys, venting, and in valleys and help direct the flow of water off the roof, while also stopping it from getting under the shingles.
- Attic Insulation: Insulation can be installed onto the backside of sheathing as well as on top of the subfloor in between the upper floor of the home and the roofing system.
- Roofing Shingles: This is the top layer of the roofing system and primary protection against the elements. Underneath the shingles can be roofing paper, tar, and other layers of materials to help improve its protective abilities.
- Soffit: The soffit is the part of the roof that overhangs and connects the roof to the side of the house.
- Fascia: The fascia is the finished edges of the roofing system and are also where gutters and eaves are connected to the home.
- Venting: Venting is essential as it helps moisture escape from the attic and under the roof to protect the entire system from mold, mildew, and wood rot.
- Gutters, Eaves, and Downspouts: This part of the roofing system helps drain water off of the roof and away from the home. Not only do gutters, eaves and downspouts help protect the roof from excess moisture, but also stops water from draining into the ground near the foundation of the home.
As you can see, roofing shingles are not the only part of the roofing system that protects your home from the elements. As such, it is important to have your entire roofing system inspected periodically or anytime you notice damages to the roof. Inspections ensure the entire system is functioning correctly and helps discover minor issues before they turn into major problems.
For more information about roofing systems or to schedule an inspection for your home, please feel free to contact Logik Roofing at 1.866.840.2914 today.
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