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Depending on its slope and design, the roof represents about 50 percent of a home's visual appearance. By investing in the care and appearance of their roof, homeowners can ensure that, when the time comes to sell their home, they get a good return on their investment. An experienced Fort Worth roofing contractor can help homeowners make sure that their home's roof enhances its visual appeal and resale value.

Professional roof maintenance is a must for homeowners who want to maintain their home's curb appeal. Even if they are functional, mismatched replacement shingles or sloppy sealant patches are immediately noticed by potential buyers. Many times, they are used to negotiate for a lower asking price.

Clean gutters are essential to a roof's function. Neglected gutters often become stained as their contents stagnate and cause the aluminum to corrode. Not only do clogged downspouts prevent rainwater from flowing into the gutters and away from the house, they also cause the water to spill over the gutters, which can lead to unsightly damage to siding, windows and foundations. Nonfunctioning gutters also cause damage to landscaping and can diminish the home's appearance.

Peeling paint could be a sign that the home's attic is harboring mold and mildew.

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This happens when an improperly vented attic retains heat and moisture. An inspection by a certified roofer could reveal that the peeling paint is caused by obstructed soffits or a lack of adequate roof ventilation.

Cupped, curled or cracked shingles are a sign that a home's roof has reached the end of its serviceable life, and a home with a deteriorated roof has a much lower resale value than one with a roof in good condition. Some realtors suggest that the addition of a new roof can increase the selling price of the home by as much as 40 percent because buyers assume that if the roof is in good shape, the rest of the home will be too. If the new roof has a transferable warranty, it makes the home that much more attractive to a prospective buyer.

An active leak in the roof must be fixed while the damage is limited and repairs are simple. Like dental problems, putting off roofing problems only makes them worse and more costly to repair. Even if leaks have not yet been detected, it is wise to have the roof inspected for them. Roofing penetrations are the most likely places for leaks to start since the methods used to seal them are usually rated for only a few years.

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