A home appraiser is the authority on what a home's value is on the open market. Generally, the appraisal is based on the size of the home and what homes with similar sizes and features have sold for in the recent past. Items such as roofing materials may have an effect on the appraisal, but are more likely to enhance visual appeal to potential buyers than to actually increase the value of the home.
In Good Repair
The biggest key to any roof adding value to a home appraisal is that it be in good repair. An appraisal does not take into account repairs that need to be done on the home as a rule, since the home inspection deals with those areas. Still, a roof at the end of its useful life will be obvious, and may cause the appraiser to note its condition and comment about a replacement that will be needed soon.
Any improvement that enhances the visual appeal of a home can increase its value, as the home will be more desirable to a potential home purchaser. Since many potential purchasers may like architectural shingles better than plain three-tab asphalt shingles, the upgrade will make the home show better and potentially increase its value in a real-world purchasing situation.
Similar to Others
An object with most residential real estate is that it should stand out slightly from its surroundings, but also blend in and not be too different than everything else on the block. A real estate appraiser will look for these types of characteristics in the homes that he appraises. If all of the other homes in the area have another type of roofing, architectural shingles may be too different and might decrease the value of the home.
Many roofing options exist beyond architectural shingles. Simple, flat asphalt shingles are often used, which are similar in material to asphalt but are not three-dimensional, meaning that they do not simulate traditional cedar shingles. In addition, steel or metal is used to cover roofs as well. This is a long-life roof covering which will easily outlive most homeowners. Slate and copper are some of the more exotic roof coverings, giving unique appearances not easily duplicated with other materials, but at a significantly higher cost.
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