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6 Ways to Increase Your Homes Value

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Idaho has a booming housing market, and because people from all walks of life are moving to the Gem State home value is at an all time high. Whether it’s planting some flowers, changing some bulbs or upgrading some appliances, little upgrades will make your home even more beautiful and valued. Check out the options below on ways to increase your home value.

Updating Appliances

How old are your refrigerator and oven? Have you ever updated them? Not only are the new appliances packed with great features, they are smarter and more efficient. They are big purchases with big price tags, but they can save you money over time. Many new fridges use much less energy than older models and toilets can be switched out to use less water per flush, both can save you money each month.
Clean & new appliances will increase your home’s value. Try to get your appliances to match around your home, and this will be a great selling point. Many people are opting for stainless steel appliances because they are both pretty and timeless.

Smart Technology

Our phones can do basically anything nowadays. We use them mainly to communicate with other people but what about closing our garage, checking in on pets or locking our doors? Smart technology is the new wave of technology and helps enhance a home’s safety and functionality. It is becoming more readily available with hundreds of ways to upgrade your home to make it “smarter”. Some devices include smart thermostats, door locks, cameras, and fire/carbon monoxide detectors.
These devices allow you to have control over your home from anywhere. They give you peace of mind when you are not home and if your loved ones are. You are constantly connected and this is a great addition to a home when selling. If you tell potential buyers they can press a button to open the blinds or change the temperature, they will love it.

Curb Appeal

A pretty home will sell better than one with weeds and a messy yard. Curb appeal is very important and is the first chance to make a good impression on home buyers. If someone doesn’t like the outside, they won’t want to see the inside.
Yard Work is important! Cut the grass regularly, plant some flowers, add some decorations, paint the front door, and spruce up the front a bit. In the backyard, make sure it’s presentable and if large enough, style it appropriately. These are some easy changes that make a house go from eh to wow!

Expanding

Have you thought about adding some extra square footage to your home? The larger the home is the more you can sell it for. If possible, you could knock some walls down to open up the space or add an extra room.
Perhaps you have a blocked off kitchen or living room area. Knocking down a few walls could open the space up making it seem larger. Open floor plans are very popular currently, as people like having space to entertain or roam around easily.
In the backyard, consider adding a deck or a space to entertain and socialize with others. Adding some outdoor furniture also adds a fun element many homes do not have.

Energy Efficient Changes

Power and water bills are expensive. People are moving to more energy efficient applications and options to save money and help the environment. Switching out incandescent light bulbs for LEDs is a great way to save money over time. The lightbulb may be a little more expensive upfront, but will save a lot of energy and money a few months post purchase.
Solar Panels come with a hefty price tag but great life savings. They can significantly lower your electricity bill and boost your property value. Many people in warmer climates with solar panels don’t spend any money on their electricity bills because the solar panels produce enough energy to power the home. This is very dependent on your location and sun exposure though. Talk to a professional to determine if solar panels would benefit you.

Upgrades

Was your home built over 60 years ago? Are there lots of things in your home that are old and have never been replaced? Oftentimes when the fundamentals are replaced, it makes the whole home run smoother and cheaper. Check how old your water heater and garbage disposal are. Do they work as well as they should/could? Maybe upgrading them is a smart move for the financial side and your safety.
Some of these options can be pretty expensive but we are here to help. Active military and veterans can refinance with VA Home loans. Use this money to invest back into your home to receive more money in the future! Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!

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Renovations To Complete with Your VA Home Loan

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Although most people are incredibly happy with their home when they buy it, many people will begin to have thoughts of how they could renovate their homes immediately. It may not be the first priority and you may want to wait until you pay off the home until you start, but eventually the thought will come. If you’re beginning to think about renovations, securing your VA Home Loan is the perfect way to finance it. Below, we’ve compiled a list of a few renovation ideas to get you started. Check it out and see if you get inspiration from any of them!

Bathroom

Remodeling your bathroom is one of the first things that come to mind for anyone considering a remodel. Many older homes come with porcelain tub and shower combos, and a basic linoleum countertop and floor. Although this is the case with most homes, everyone dreams of getting to shower in a walk-in shower complete with beautiful tile, and maybe even a heated tile floor to match it. Possible renovations in your bathroom include tile countertops and floors, a walk-in shower, and a jacuzzi tub. If you can’t remodel the rest of your home, at least you’ll have a beautiful bathroom that you and your loved ones will definitely get a lot of use out of!

Kitchen

Having a beautiful kitchen can make your house the destination for family gatherings and get-togethers with friends. One renovation most people will complete when renovating their kitchen is enlarging the space. Whether you need more room because your family has grown or you need more room for utensils and food, making your kitchen bigger can prove useful in many situations. However, it is a renovation that can only be achieved if your house’s design allows it. You must have a wall you can break down somewhere, and there has to be space that can be taken away from another room. If you want to change the look of your kitchen without a big demo project, you can go the tile route with the kitchen as well, implementing a tile backsplash and floors, and a solid granite countertop.

Home Theater

This last renovation is one that is more for fun than anything else. Every film fanatic has dreamed of having a home theater, and it’s entirely possible. Gone are the days of going to the theater when you have your own theater at home. You can opt for a massive TV for higher picture quality, or you can go with the projector screen if you want the classic feel of a movie theater. The huge viewing screen coupled with surround sound will truly make for an incredible viewing experience. And of course, no home theater is complete without comfy sofa chairs.

If you’re interested in seeing if you qualify for a VA home loan so that you have financial freedom to renovate your house, contact VA Home Loans of Idaho. We’re here to answer any questions you have and will help you secure your VA home loan in no time. Call today!

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4 Ways To Spruce Up Your Backyard

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Whether you’re hosting a few friends or just cooking for your family, you want your patio and backyard to be in tip-top shape. Maybe the winter storms were brutal on your outdoor furniture or you just want a little bit of a makeover. Regardless of the reason, backyard renovations are always a great investment that you and your loved ones will enjoy. The VA Home Loans team compiled a list of four ways you can update your backyard for spring. Check it out!

Update Your Patio

Some homes come with a finished patio and some need one put in. If your home already has one, then you can update it to incorporate your own style. If your home doesn’t have one, you have full creative control to design the patio of your dreams! Constructing a patio is the perfect spring project if you are looking to capitalize on the warm spring weather. There are many companies that you can hire to build out a patio to your liking, or you can build your own!

Create A Barbecue Station

Barbeques are a great way to get outside and enjoy the sunshine while entertaining your loved ones. There are many ways to incorporate a grill station into your backyard arrangement! You can build an entire outside kitchen that uses a barbeque rather than a stove, create a unique brick structure surrounding your barbeque, or just put your barbeque out on your patio. However you choose to incorporate a barbeque into your backyard, the memories you will make with it are invaluable.

Add A Few Plants

Plants are a great way to bring life and color to any area of your property. Flowers surrounding your walkways or tall grasses to create structure around your patio can fill in any empty space. If you hire landscapers while building your patio, they can give you guidance and inspiration for how to incorporate plants into your backyard. You also can visit your local plant shops to see what greenery you like the most!

DIY Fire Pit

If entertaining family and friends is one of your warm-weather activities, a fire pit is a perfect addition to your backyard! Fire pits are a relaxing way to end the long summer days and are something you will be able to enjoy almost year-round. There are many different ways that you can build a fire pit if you’re looking for a weekend project. To create an even bigger area for hosting, put your fire pit away from the patio to make your backyard appear more spacious.

Finding a home with a backyard that you can turn into your favorite entertaining space is not an easy task. Contact VA Home Loans Idaho today to secure a loan so that you can find the perfect home!

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Making Your New Home Feel Cozier

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After you’ve secured your VA home loan and purchased your new Idaho home, the next thing you’ll want to do is start making the house your own. Making your house cozy and comfortable to your liking makes it feel more like a home rather than just a house, and here are some of our favorites for you. Check it out!

Repaint With a Warm Color

Something that people often overlook when trying to make their home feel more welcoming is picking a warmer paint color. Walls that are painted white, grey, or something similar can make the house feel cold and uninviting. The human brain subconsciously reacts to colors and can change our mood directly. A great example of this is McDonalds using red and yellow as their primary colors, as the colors red and yellow both trigger hunger subconsciously. The color of your house doesn’t have to be anything that is exceptionally bright, but colors like moody green will naturally make you feel cozier.

Rugs

A simple tip to make your home feel friendly and inviting is to add rugs. Although hardwood floors and tiles look amazing, it’s hard and uncomfortably cold at times. To fix this, all you have to do is add some rugs! The simplest start is to add some rugs in front of all the doors that lead outside. After that, there are long skinny rugs you can put in your hallways, ones you can put in front of your sink, your bathroom, rugs for your bedroom, etc.

Comfort Items

Another easy way to make your home more comfortable is to add household objects like pillows and blankets. You can add as many pillows as you want to your couches, and maybe throw a blanket over the back of the couch as well. You can add a throw blanket to the end of your bed, and add decorative pillows to it as well. There are endless options with pillows and blankets, but it’s all a matter of personal preference in design!

If you have any questions about securing your VA home loan or refinancing your current mortgage, be sure to contact VA Home Loans Idaho! We’re here to help you get started on the process and answer any questions you may have about our loan process. Give us a call today!

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3 Home DIY Projects To Try This Winter

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As the sun starts to set on Fall and we begin to move into the winter season here in Idaho, we become a little more limited when it comes to the activities that we can do in our free time. Outdoor recreation changes from hiking and camping to skiing and building snowmen and the cold weather leads people to spend more time inside. However, there are still plenty of DIY home improvement projects you can do to keep you occupied during the winter months; here are some of our favorites!

Get a fresh look in your living space

One of the easiest ways to completely change the feel of a room? Repaint it! Even going a shade darker than what you currently have or making an accent wall can be a real difference maker. When painting a room yourself, the most important thing is the planning beforehand. Try to get an idea of what you want the space to look like, go to your nearest home improvement store and browse the color options, and get the right tools for the job. If you don’t have much painting experience, there are great guides all over the internet.

Upgrade your bathroom fixtures

Over time, the fixtures in your home will collect bacteria and other debris, all which can hinder your water pressure. You can clean them yourself, or you can buy all new fixtures if you really want to spice things up. Nowadays there are many options to choose from, so be sure to do your research on the types of materials and styles to find the set that you want. This is a pretty simple DIY project, but it can significantly change your and your guests’ bathroom experience!

Renovate a room

Winter is a great time to renovate a room in your home! Whether it’s as simple as knocking down a wall to create a more open living area or as complex as completely redoing your kitchen, getting a renovation started during the colder months ensures that it will be done and ready to entertain in time for the spring. If you don’t have the funding to do some of those larger renovations, you may be able to qualify for a VA Home Loan that can be used for the construction.

How we can help

If you are military personnel, a veteran, or a military family, VA Home Loans Idaho is here to help you. We can help you secure a loan for a house you plan to move to or refinance your current home loan. If you have any questions about that VA Loan process, what you can use the loan for, or anything else surrounding VA Home Loans, contact us today!

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Preparing Your Home for Fall

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Now that the sun is starting to set on summertime and the cooler weather is starting to settle in, it’s time to think about how to prepare your home for the quickly approaching fall season. It’s important to check on various parts of your home in the fall so that it’s ready for the following cold winter months, and VA Home Loans is happy to help you secure the loans and finances to make that possible.

Gutters

Now that it’s September, rainy days are on the horizon in the Treasure Valley. Over the summer, your gutters most likely have collected an assortment of leaves, dirt, and debris. When it rains, this blockage could lead to flooding in the interior of your home and water damage to the exterior. It’s best to make a habit of checking your gutters every fall to see if they need to be cleaned or even replaced so that you don’t have to find out the hard way!

HVAC

After not being used for a few months, your heating system might not be at the ability that it was at the end of last winter. This is one of those things that you don’t want to wait until you first use it to find out that it isn’t working properly! Catching problems with your HVAC system early gives you time to allocate the time and money needed to get it professionally fixed.

Seals

As it cools down, more and more you’ll want to be keeping the heat in and the cold out. The easiest way to do this is to check all of the seals in your house on every door and window to make sure that they are airtight and actually sealed. You would be surprised how much a faulty seal can really affect the air in a home! Additionally, it will help you save big on your electricity and heating bills come wintertime, so checking them periodically is very important.

At VA Home Loans Idaho, we want to make sure that you are able to prepare your home for every season. If you are a veteran looking for a home loan or refinancing options, contact us today. You might even be able to use some of the money you save to fix some of the things mentioned above to get your house ready for the colder seasons!

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VA Loans for Home Renovation

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The VA offers endless resources for veterans and active military members. Some of these resources go unused by military servicemen – active, reserve, or retired. Especially as regular life begins to resume, we tend to forget about the continued support offered by the federal government through the VA.

One of these underutilized offerings are VA home loan. While the home loan sector has plenty of options available with a range of opportunity, the offerings from the VA are arguably unmatched because of its direct relationship with the federal government. As such, current and former military service members are able to access some of the lowest, most flexible rates, payments, and terms on the market.

Veteran Benefits Update

In April 2018, the Veteran Benefits Administration updated their policies and practices with regard to veteran benefits and home loans. This occurred in response to increasing interest from the military population as well as housing market demands.

“The Aging housing stock in the United States has contributed to the increased demand for alteration and repair loans. Due to the condition of this aged housing, homes are often sold as “cash or conventional financing” which does not allow Veterans to use their VA earned benefit. This guidance will allow Lender’s to make VA-guaranteed loans to Veterans who wish to purchase or refinance a home that is in need of alteration and/or repair. The terms alteration, repair, renovation, and improvement are interchangeable for the purposes.”
Veterans Benefits Administration, Circular 26-18-6

More opportunity was then accounted for within the VA guidelines on loan capacity, which can be found in the Circular 26-18-6 publication.

VA Loan Capabilities and Eligibility

A major misconception about VA home loans is that they can only be used for purchasing or refinancing. This, then, limits what military borrowers feel they are allowed to do. VA home loans can do much more, though. Some loans have cash-out options allowing borrowers to pay for outside costs or reinvest in their home. There are also supplementary terms that can be added to traditional VA home loans that provide specific support for borrowers pursuing home improvement actions. These are then known as renovation, or rehabilitation, loans.

Because rehabilitation loans are just an extension of normal VA home loans, they have the same eligibility requirements or qualifications. As a result, former or active military are given easier access to loan opportunities to purchase and improve their properties.

VA Home Loans: Rehabilitation

VA Rehabilitation Loans are typically used when a property is not completely move-in ready. These loan agreements may require more processing, which will tack on additional time and energies before the borrower can begin residing on the property. However, they can also serve to save the borrower money in the long run based on financial investment, renovation costs, and even property value.

Lender Oversight

It is important to remember that the process is different than a traditional renovation experience. The lender initiates and oversees the renovation process on behalf of the borrower. Because the lender is the general authority on the completion of work, they are in charge of supervising the contractor. This ultimately expedites the renovation process as opposed to the lengthier improvement repairs attempted by homeowners themselves. Lenders are also able to ensure that time is not wasted and the work is accomplished in an efficient manner.

Home Renovation Loan Options

As is the case with nearly every loan, there are term and agreement options that need to be carefully discussed and selected by the borrower. Some areas of adjustment that relate specifically to rehabilitation loans are:

  • Loan type
  • Minimum property requirements (MPR)
  • Contractor requirements
  • Repair/renovation operations
  • Notice of Value (NOV)

Understanding the opportunity and value of these variables will allow every borrower to have a satisfying loan experience. Working with loan professionals that understand industry standards as well as Veteran Affairs and military member needs will provide you with the expertise you need for a smooth transition into your new or renovated home.

Should the Buyer’s Agent Attend the Home Inspection

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A home inspection plays an important role in your home-buying process. By knowing the actual condition of the house that you’re buying, you’re able to reach an informed decision which can either be to move forward or to leave the deal. Curb appeal is one thing, but it’s what’s under the surface that counts. You can hire a contractor to quickly make a property look better on the surface, but what about the foundation, electrical, and plumbing? Those are all big unknowns that need to be addressed.

If you’re not there, you can’t ask questions about the unknowns your inspector uncovers.

It’s undeniably important that you not miss the inspection. Being physically present during the actual home inspection will allow you to familiarize yourself more with the property as well as raise any concerns you have about the property. But should your agent also attend the inspection? Absolutely YES!

You hired your agent to represent you throughout the home-buying process. This means that your agent should be present whenever needed, and that includes a home inspection. Even the seller’s agent should be present during the inspection to ensure that both sides are equally represented.

 

Here are the top 4 reasons why your agent should attend the home inspection:

1. Not all inspectors offer the same quality of work.

Just like realtors, home inspectors can offer amazing to terrible services. They’re only human and therefore are not exempt from making mistakes. However, your agent is your dedicated representative. Having said that, if an inspector is intentionally cutting corners or missing important details, that’s when your agent steps in on your behalf. And while most inspectors always give their best effort to adhere to the standards and requirements of their profession, not all do. That’s why it’s definitely important that you and your realtor are present during the inspection.

2. Your agent helps you make sense of inspection results.

If you’re like most homebuyers, you lack the expertise to analyze the results of the inspection. This is where your realtor should show due diligence by giving you insight and advice to aid you throughout the process. The results of the inspection can make or break a sale. So, it’s always best to have another set of eyes.

3. An agent must be able to make effective negotiations.

In addition, if your agent isn’t present during the actual inspection, effective negotiations just aren’t possible. Negotiation is one of the most important reasons you hire a realtor. A home inspection report will detail issues, minor and major, and that often requires a re-negotiation concerning the terms of the sale. When your realtor is present during the inspection, chances are the negotiation process goes much more smoothly.

4. Representing you as a client is part of a realtor’s job.

Homebuyers’ hire realtors to ensure they’re represented professionally throughout the entire process, and not just during the negotiation process. This means your agent is there from the very beginning all the way through the day you close on your new home. The professional advice of a realtor is not only much needed and deserved, but it’s also crucial to the home-buying process.

Finding the best realtor and the right inspector can be a bit hard, but it’s a necessary step for you to get the most out of your investment. This is why you shouldn’t settle for anything less than the best from your realtor, as well as from your home inspector.

What are the best questions to ask during a home inspection?

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If you’re in the process of buying a new home, get as much information as you can about the property. This is why a professional home inspection is very important and crucial. Homebuyers often ask if they have to be present during the home inspection. And the answer is a big yes. Though it’s not really required, it’s very important that you be physically present during the entire inspection process.

Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make, so you should be confident that you’re doing it right, and asking questions during the inspection will help you make an informed decision on how to move forward. Below are some questions to ask your home inspector on inspection day.

 

1. What credentials do you have?

It’s important to make sure that you’re hiring the right professional to do the home inspection. And asking for their credentials is one of the best ways to do it.

  • What professional organizations do they belong to and what training and qualifications do these organizations require?
  • Ask for certifications.
  • Ask for years of experience.

A reliable and professional home inspector should be knowledgeable about any red flags found during an inspection. Moreover, they should be able to answer all of your questions and give you appropriate advice. So, do your research and hire the right person that can do the job right.

2. What is the condition of the roof?

Ask your home inspector about the condition of the roof. Know if there are any buckling or missing shingles. Ask about the eavestrough and if there’s an accumulation of asphalt granules in the gutters. To avoid an expensive roof replacement, ask the inspector if there are any signs of major wear and tear or past storm damage. If the inspector indicates that there’s a need to replace the roof, ask the seller to replace it or negotiate the price to compensate for the replacement if you’ll have to do it after closing.

3. How well-insulated is the home?

How well the home has been insulated will have a significant impact on your heating and cooling costs. The home’s attic should be well insulated to prevent heat from escaping the home. The insulation rate should be at least an R-value of 60. R-value refers to the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better the insulating capacity is.

You also need to ask your inspector about the type of insulation used. Vermiculite insulation contains asbestos which can pose a serious health risk if disturbed. The attic should be properly ventilated and the basement should also be insulated. Proper insulation and ventilation throughout the entire home is important in order to prevent mold and mildew growth.

4. How is the electrical system?

To ensure your home is safe from electrical fires, your inspector checks the condition of the home’s electrical wiring. It should be up to code, with no worn, damaged, frayed, or exposed wiring. And if any updates were done, were they done by a licensed electrician? You also need to find out if the electrical is knob-and-tube, as some insurance companies will not insure the house or will they will charge a higher premium. Additionally, you should ask if there are any outlets that are close to water sources like the kitchen, bathrooms, garage, and outdoor locations. Asking these questions will give you a pretty solid idea how safe the electrical system really is.

5. How is the plumbing?

Your home inspector will evaluate drains, water heaters, pipes, water pressure, and test water temperatures to see how well each works. During the inspection, find out if any galvanized-steel piping was used. Galvanized-steel is known to rust, affecting water pressure, and worse they can rupture. Also, remember to ask your inspector if the home has any lead pipes. In older homes the use of lead pipes is fairly common. Over time, lead pipes wear down and can contaminate the water supply.

6. How solid is the foundation of the house?

The inspector will check how solid the home’s foundation is, and also check for any cracks. Keep in mind, however, not all cracks are serious. If any cracks are found in the foundation, ask the inspector what type they are and their sizes. If a dime can fit into a crack, you may want to consider getting a second opinion from a foundation specialist or structural engineer.

7. What is the condition if the HVAC system?

The home’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system (HVAC) will be inspected to ensure they’re fully functional. During the inspection, ask the age of the AC unit, as well as how long it should be expected to last. Lastly, ask if the furnace has been properly serviced and maintained.

8. How is the drainage?

Join the inspector during a walk around the home’s exterior. The ground should slope away from the home’s foundation. If you notice any faulty grading, ask your inspector if this is something you should be concerned about. Any downspouts should be intact and directed away from the home’s foundation. Faulty grading and improper drainage can lead to costly foundation issues in the future.

9. Are there any signs of pest infestations?

If your inspector comes across mouse droppings or evidence of other pests, such as termites, it’s good to know if there’s a suspected infestation. Pests can cause significant damage to homes and can also pose a health risk.

10.What’s next?

Once your home inspection is complete you should receive a final detailed report. Once you receive the report, thoroughly read through the report and the results of the home inspection. If you have any questions or concerns about the report, contact your inspector. Asking questions is the best way to make an informed decision. It’s your right and obligation to do so. Best wishes in your quest to find that dream home!

6 Best Roofing Materials Ranked by Durability and Cost

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Written By Lindsey Joy

Choosing a new roof? Or currently building your dream home? Whatever it may be, you’re probably looking for a roofing material that’s going to protect your home without breaking the bank.

In order to help you make an informed decision, we ranked the 6 best roofing materials based on the most important factors that most homeowners consider: durability and cost.

#6 Asphalt Shingles

Longevity: 15-30 years

This roofing material is by far the most popular roofing material because of its cost-effectiveness. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. It’s a good idea to research all the available option first, even if cost is a major concern for you.

It is important that you look for shingles that have a decent hail rating, a good level of impact resistance as well as overall durability. Note that roofing manufacturers aren’t legally required to report their hail rating. But quality manufacturers are more likely to report this data. So, if you don’t see a hail rating, it isn’t a good sign.

One downside of asphalt shingles is that it’s a petroleum-based material which means it isn’t the most sustainable roofing material option available. However, they are recyclable. To ensure they don’t end up in a landfill, look for a local shingle recycling center.

#5 Wooden Shingles and Shakes

Longevity: 30-50 years

Roofing materials made of wood are typically made of fire-resistant woods such as cedar or redwood. But it is important to note that they aren’t fireproof.  While it is true that they do last longer than asphalt shingles, they are not as durable. Wood shingles and shakes are prone to cracking. As with asphalt shingles, you should keep an eye out for their hail rating.

#4 Metal

Longevity: 30-50 years

Common materials used are steel, copper, zinc alloy, or aluminum. Metal roofs are slightly more expensive than asphalt or wood, but are significantly more durable< Some other advantages of choosing a metal roof are:

  • They are impact resistant
  • Needs less maintenance
  • Very energy-efficient
  • Made from recyclable materials and are also 100% recyclable

#3 Plastic Polymer

Longevity: 50 years or so

Plastic polymers are incredibly durable roofing materials that look like slate or wood shingles but require significantly less maintenance. This type of roofing material has high hail ratings and is very energy-efficient. But if you’re after sustainability, then you might want to think twice before choosing this roofing material. Since plastics are built to last, this makes them quite unsustainable. However, you may find many manufacturers that use recycled materials.

#2 Slate

Longevity: 75 to 150 years

Known as the oldest roofing material, slate roofing is quite expensive but it stands out from the competition for reasons as follows:

  • Fireproof
  • Virtually invincible in most extreme weather conditions
  • Energy-efficient

Slate roofing is also 100% sustainable since it is a naturally occurring material, therefore, no toxins are used during the manufacturing process.

#1 Solar Glass

Longevity: Lifetime

Solar glass comes with a lifetime tile warranty and an extremely high hail rating. Overall, this roofing type is the best bet for homeowners that are more concerned with durability over cost. Solar glass roofing is also very energy efficient. And although it’s fairly expensive to install, depending on where you live, you may qualify for a tax credit to offset the cost. Lastly, solar glass roofing is the most sustainable roofing material on our list due to the fact that it generates its own energy.

 

If you have further concerns about other types of roofing materials for your home, give us a call or check out the rest of our blog.