Although the new housing market has decreased up to 20 percent
across the U.S., many homeowners are investing in remodeling
projects because of low refinancing options. In fact, according to
Kermit Baker, director of the Remodeling Futures Program for the
Joint Center For Housing Studies at Harvard University, Cambridge,
Mass., aging housing stock is shifting home improvement spending to
replacement projects, such as new roof systems.
Because a roof occupies about 40 percent of visible space on an
average house, replacement is a functional and aesthetic upgrade.
Reroofing can add to a home's curb appeal and increase its value.
Therefore, many contractors are focusing on reroofing as a matter
of profitability and even survival.
And roofing contractors and architects currently have more
roofing options to offer homeowners than ever before. From metal
and asphalt to concrete and slate, there is an ideal roofing
material available for everyone. Understanding the benefits and
qualities of each material allows roofing professionals to help
homeowners make educated decisions and choose the best roof systems
for their homes. And according to the Tile Roofing Institute (TRI),
a nonprofit association of producers and associates of concrete and
clay tile, one of the fastest-growing roofing materials is concrete
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