In the midst of focusing on all the activities associated with the height of the holiday season, a new year is quickly approaching. It’s likely you’ve been far too busy to give much thought to 2012, but the next 12 months could bring some serious issues to handle at home. One of those issues could involve roof repair, an expense that could seem extraordinary if it catches you off-guard.
While creating a household budget is essential, many homeowners overlook the need to prepare for home improvement and repair needs, whether the projects are unplanned or the result of unexpected damage. As 2011 draws to a close, taking a little time to assess potential needs and expenses can allow you to begin establishing a realistic figure for a 2012 improvement and repair budget.
There are some simple ways to determine a total improvement and repair budget. Many online sources use percentages that vary, starting as low as 1-2% and rising up to 3-4% of your home’s original purchase price. If you’re wondering how to select a percentage without doing a lot of heavy-duty research, consider the age of your home. An older home will typically require more money to maintain and repair. Some sources recommend 4.5% of the original purchase price for that older home for annual maintenance and repair projects.
As part of your overall assessment, one key area to consider is your roof. The longevity of your roofing materials, less for asphalt shingles than metal roofing for example, is one factor. The climate and weather conditions are other variables to recognize. In Texas, damaging winds are possible even without tropical weather systems or tornadoes.
Homeowners in Texas can get exceptional roofing and siding help from Crosby Roofing. From Austin to Arlington, Dallas to Fort Worth, and Plano to Southlake, Crosby Roofing provides more than 25 years of expertise as one of the region’s premier home improvement contractors. A free, in-home consultation and estimate is available by calling 866-244-6181. More information is available online at www.crosbyroofingusa.com.