When buying or selling a home, one of the leading factors in curb appeal is the roof. The extra investment of designer shingles and architectural/dimensional shingles not only provides added satisfaction for you while occupying your home, it makes a significant difference in the selling price and how quickly it sells.
This consideration is somewhat obvious when you think about it, but the implications of buying and selling are not typically on the radar when you are in need of roofing but not close to the moving stage. Considering the life cycle of your roof, it needs to be part of your decision unless you plan on staying in your current home for life.
Conventional 3 tab shingles are the most popular because of their lower cost with good longevity, but the extra investment of designer shingles or architectural shingles, also called dimensional shingles can come back to you multiplied when you sell your home. In the case of dimensional shingles, you have the added advantage of nearly double the life span.
As beneficial as these considerations are, there is another aspect of this topic that will be of even more value to you. Unfortunately, many homeowners who have their roofing done with selling their home in mind do not have the buyer’s best interest in mind. They may very well hire the cheapest “roofer” they can find and use the “new roof” as a selling point.
In this case, the roof may pass inspection which is required, but the faulty workmanship becomes the new homeowner’s problem in a few short years. We recommend you have a reputable roofing professional inspect the roof before buying because the home inspector may not physically climb onto the roof like a roofing contractor will.
When you are selling your home, a transferable warranty is a significant advantage as long as it is from a reputable roofing company that hasn’t gone out of business. As we pointed out on another post here, those warranties are only as good as the roofing company. Since over 80% of them are out of business in less than 5 years, you need to choose your roofing contractor carefully.
You may not have thought about this consideration without us pointing it out, but now you realize one more reason your choice of roofing is so important, even if buying or selling is years away.