Plano Roof Installation and Repair Buying Guide
Putting a new roof on your home is one of the best investments you can make to increase your home’s overall value, comfort, and aesthetic appeal. According to the 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, you can expect a 71.7% rate of return on investment (ROI) when you replace your roof. Depending on the type of roofing you select, that ROI may be even higher as prospective homebuyers are willing to a pay a premium for long-lasting, beautiful roofing like slate or clay tiles that will last the lifetime of your home.
If the initial investment in a new roof is still a tough pill to swallow, consider that you may experience significant savings on your monthly energy bill. Heating, and especially cooling your home during brutally hot Plano summers, accounts for the largest percentage of your utility bills–54%. Roofing systems like foam, which creates an airtight seal on your roof, or rubber, that has natural insulating properties, can help keep air from escaping your home so that your HVAC system doesn’t have to work so hard. You can also enhance your new energy efficient roof by adding solar panels to decrease your monthly energy costs (as well as your environmental footprint) even further.
With a wide array of roofing choices from traditional asphalt shingles to more modern copper and steel roofing, you’ll want to make sure you have clearly assessed your needs before you decide on a roofing system. Some questions you may want to answer include:
- What is my budget? How much time and money am I willing to spend on maintenance to extend the lifespan of my roof? How long do I plan to be in my home?
- Which roofing styles will best complement my home providing the best curb appeal? Does my homeowners association forbid any particular styles of roofing?
Does environmental sustainability play a factor in my decision making process?
Once you’ve determined your priorities in terms of costs, durability, energy-efficiency, appearance, and environmental sustainability, hire a licensed contractor to handle your re-roofing construction. There are many online review services available, and those are a great place to start, but make sure that your contractor has a good rating with the Better Business Bureau. You may also want to consider the first-hand testimonials of actual clients that you have met in order to ensure that you hire a reliable, highly skilled contractor.
Climate of Plano and what it Means For Your Roof
Plano, Texas gets 38 inches of rain per year and no snowfall. On average, there are 229 sunny days per year in Plano. The summers are hot and humid–July is the hottest month with a high of 96 degrees fahrenheit. Winter is mild–January is the coldest month with an average low of 33 degrees fahrenheit. Your roofing system should be able to stand up to the intense, year-round UV rays and heat without warping or cracking, while also providing reliable protection against severe weather like heavy rainfall, hail, or fire. Also, because Plano is so humid, you want to select a roofing system that can resist mold, rot, and pests that can plague roofing systems in humid areas.
Permitting Process for Roofing in Plano
Before you begin construction on your new roof, you’ll need to find a licensed contractor. You can find a list of registered contractors on the City of Plano’s website. Before construction can begin, you’ll need to work with your contractor to request a permit for a residential remodel. After your construction is complete, you’ll need to submit a Re-Roof Final Certification. The final roof inspection will include attic inspection to verify vent piping through the roof; verification that rafters are in position; and confirmation that water heater and furnace exhaust vents have been re-installed properly. This final inspection can be conducted by the City of Plano or by your roofing contractor.
Consider Adding Solar Panels to Your Roof in Plano
Make the most of those 229 sunny days a year by adding solar panels to your new roof. Your solar-installer can help you make the most of generous incentives offered at the federal, state, city, and utility levels to encourage homeowners to adopt solar technology. For instance, you can earn a federal tax credit for 30% of the total cost of your solar panels–that includes installation, fuel cells, and labor costs.
In addition to reducing your environmental footprint and your monthly utility bills, adding solar panels to your roof can also increase your home’s value, while helping it to sell 20% faster than homes without solar installations. While your new roof may increase your home’s value and as a result your property taxes, your solar panels will not. The state of Texas has a property tax exemption (Texas Tax Code 11.27) that allows the owners of residential properties to take an exemption from taxation (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.