Arlington Roofing Installation Buying Guide
Are you considering replacing your roof? According to the 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, you can expect a 71.7% return on investment (ROI) when you replace your roof. Depending on the type of roofing system you choose, you may get an even higher ROI as prospective homebuyers will pay a premium for long-lasting, stylish roofing systems like slate or a metal roof. Upgrading your roof can also help make your home more energy efficient. The Department of Energy estimates that 56% of the energy used in your home goes toward heating and cooling, so selecting a roofing system that provides quality thermal insulation will have a big impact on your monthly utility bills–especially important during those long, hot Arlington summers.
Before you call a contractor, answer the following questions to help you hone in on the type of roofing system that will best meet your needs:
- What is your budget?
- Are you willing to pay a premium for roofing that will last a lifetime?
- How much time and money are you willing to commit to regular maintenance to expand the lifespan of your roof?
- Will your new roofing system stand up to your local climate?
- Is it important to you that your roofing system is environmentally friendly?
- Which type of roofing will truly complement your home’s style and improve its overall aesthetic appeal?
For instance, if you’re interested in decreasing your environmental impact, you may want to choose a roofing system like rubber that is made from 100% recycled material. You could also select a metal roofing system that is made up of primarily recycled material and can be installed directly over your existing roof–eliminating tear off costs and diverting tons of roofing waste from your local landfill. If you want a roof that will last the entire life of your home, consider investing in slate or clay tiles. Naturally resistant to fire, slate protects your home from many common sources of home fires and is strong enough to stand up to even the most severe weather. Slate is also impervious to pests and mold that can destroy other roofing systems. Clay tiles, formed under extreme heat in a kiln, are strong enough to stand up to even the most intense UV rays in Texas.
Like slate, clay tile roofs are also impervious to insects, rot, and fire, and in terms of maintenance, you won’t incur costs related to mold, stains, or color loss.
Arlington Climate and What it Means for Your Roof
Residents of Arlington, TX enjoy an average 235 sunny days a year. Arlington has hot, humid summers. The high in July averages 96 degrees fahrenheit. The winters are cool with a low of 34 degrees fahrenheit in January and approximately two inches of snowfall. Arlington gets 37 inches of rain a year, on par with the U.S. national average.
Upgrade Your Roof in Arlington with Solar Panels
Adding solar panels to your new roof can help you to save money on your monthly electricity bills while also significantly decreasing your environmental footprint. Even better, adding solar panels to your new roof can increase your home’s value–typically by $15,000, and homes with solar panels sell 20% faster than homes without solar installations. Despite an increase in your home value, your property taxes won’t go up as a result of your solar installation. Texas has a property tax exemption (Texas Tax Code 11.27) that allows owners of residential properties to take an exemption (using form 50-123) for the amount of the appraised value of the property that increases as a result of the installation or construction of a solar energy system.
Additionally, there has never been a more affordable time to purchase and install solar panels. The cost of solar systems in Texas has decreased by 50% in the past five years in large part because of Texas’ ambitious Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Texas’ RPS requires 10,000 megawatts of renewables to be installed throughout the state by 2025, and at least 500 megawatts must come from non-wind sources, like solar. To help encourage Texans to invest in solar panels, the state offers numerous incentives at the utility, county, state, and federal level. A licensed solar installer can help you maximize all of the incentives available to you, dramatically decreasing the cost of your solar system.
Arlington Roofing Permit Guidelines
The City of Arlington requires building permits for the replacement of roofing materials and coverings and for structural repairs to foundations. The city has a simple online portal to help you complete the permit process online–no more trips to City Hall.