Adding on to your home? Don't forget the roof.

September 30, 2013
 Adding on to your home? Don’t forget the roof

You always know a bad remodel when you see it. You may not be able to put a finger on why it’s bad, but you know it’s bad. Often the reason that an addition doesn’t look like it belongs with the rest of the home is the roof. The shape of the roof is everything and without the trained eye of an architect, it’s unlikely that the roof of your addition will blend seamlessly with your current roof. So if you’re thinking about adding onto your home, don’t forget to think about the roof.

Considerations to make

The first think you’ll need to think about when it comes to the roof on the addition is how it will fit with your current home. Having an architect draw it up is crucial. Unless you want your home looking like a shed collided with it by chance, you need to consider some designs up front.

Once you know you’ve got a design that will work, you’ll need to think about the roofing material. If you’re already sure that you’re going with the roofing material that is already on your current roof, then the decision isn’t too hard. In many cases however, homeowners want to choose a different roofing material to complement the new look of the addition.

Be prepared to spend more

One mistake that many homeowners make it choosing to remodel is they don’t plan for a big enough budget. Estimating the absolute least expensive outcome is a big no-no. Instead, plan on a reasonable budget and leave a little room for more if necessary.

Consider the example of one family who hired a contractor to remodel an addition to their home that just didn’t fit with the rest of the home. They knew they needed a new roof, not just for the addition but for the whole home. They ultimately decided on a tile roof but it was too heavy for their home. In the end, the structure of their home needed to be reinforced in order to bear the weight of the heavier roof.

A good investment

Remember that any major remodel such as an addition or a total roof replacement is going to be a big investment, but don’t forget that it is an investment. When done right, the finished project will be a bigger home with a natural look, and the value of the home will be dramatically higher.

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