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building a home addition - what you should know

When building an addition to an existing home, many things can go wrong. If you don't know what you are doing, the addition may not be structurally sound, it may leak water and the electrical system could put the entire home at risk of a fire. When I added two bedrooms to the back of my house, I thought that it was going to be an easy project that could be completed in no time. Little did I know that there is a lot of planning that goes into this type of project. This blog will show you what you need to know before you begin building an addition.


Re-Roofing Your House To Sell

If you're looking to capitalize on the soaring real estate market and re-sell your home, you can maximize your chances of yielding a profit by updating your home. Today's home-flipping market has changed home-buying behaviors. Although prospective buyers might look for splashy kitchen or bathroom updates, they also need to be reassured that the home they're considering buying is structurally sound. Having an updated roof can often be a key selling feature.

Here are some roofing ideas if you're getting ready to sell your home.

Energy Efficient

Today's home buyers are often looking for a home updated for the future. One of largest trends in residential remodeling is updating roofs to be more energy efficient. 


Some municipalities are requiring all new residential properties to be built with solar energy. The most convenient place to outfit a home with solar panels is on the roof. Your general contractor can integrate solar panels into the roof, making it seamlessly fit into the design. They can also affix the solar panels onto the roof. If you're considering investing in solar panels for re-selling purposes, you should consider exploring tax rebates that might be offered by your local or state government programs. These programs can often offset the cost of the roof and sometimes help you recoup the taxes you'll pay when you sell your home. 

Lastly, solar panels can drastically increase curb appeal. Home owners often want their neighbors to see that they are eco-conscious. Few things are more "green" than solar panels. You can have your general contractor feature the solar panels as a prominent component of the re-roofing project. 


As temperatures continue to climb, managing a home's cooling costs becomes more important. In recent years, roofing suppliers have introduced an array of reflective roofing options. These reflective roofing options, although they might be more expensive, can significantly reduce cooling costs during sweltering summer months. Working with a general contractor who might also be renovating other areas of your home, in addition to the roof, can help ensure the reflective roofing material you're considering blends into your home's design. 

Going Natural

One of the latest trends in roofing is going with more natural roofing materials. These natural roofing materials can give your home a more organic aesthetic. 


Once manufactured exclusively from stone, slate roofing materials now come in rubber, metal, and wood composites. These roofing materials are sturdy, stately, and cost-effective. In addition to carefully choosing a slate color that matches your home's aesthetic, it's also important to choose the right slate material. 

Rubber composites are best suited for wet, but temperate, climates. Metal, however, is better suited for wet and hotter climates. Wood slate composites should only be selected for drier climates.


Roofing tiles are making a resurgence in residential remodeling. Coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, widths, and thicknesses, roofing tiles are perfect for virtually any climate. When choosing roofing tiles, you should select a material that offers the greatest value. This can mean choosing slightly larger or smaller tiles depending on the available stock in your area. It's important to have your general contractor present you with a number of price options, as roofing tile prices are highly variable. 


One of the most ancient roofing methods, sod roofing, is also starting to make a modern comeback. Sod roofing not only literally gives you home a green profile, but it's also perfect for flat or moderately sloped homes. Because sod roofing is a specialized roofing preference, you should be sure to remodel your home to attract buyers who are willing to pay extra for these features.