Repairing the Roof Over Your Head

by Niz Brown 02/04/2019

A roof is not something you usually think about or comment on when you are looking at a house. Unless, of course, the roof is unique or different in some way. Say, covered in a blue tarp because it is leaking or maybe a bad patch job. Alternatively, it has an original color or design, may be covered in a different material then you have seen before. Whether building a home or it is time to replace or repair your roof, the numbers of different kinds of roofing materials are plentiful out there on the market. Do your research and take your time in choosing what fits your budget, climate, your style and any amount of eco-friendliness you want on your roof. Your roof protects not only your belongings but also everyone inside your home.

Common Roofing materials:

Composition Shingles: 12-30 years. Fiberglass or cellulose coated in asphalt and mineral fillers. Most common roofing material choice.
- Wood Shingles: 20-25 years. Cedar-very durable, handles extreme storms, insect resistant
- Rubber Roofs: 30-50 years. low maintenance, cost effective, various styles and colors, can be made of recycled materials
- Metal Roofs: 50-75 years. Fire-resistant and can handle large amounts of snow and rain, lightweight compared to other roofing materials

Alternative Roofing materials:

Recycled materials- reduce landfill volumes, eco-conscience and creative.
- Solar Panels- cut down on your electric bill and may even make you some money.
- Cool or Warm Roofs- reflects heat to keep the house cooler or warmer in a particular climate.
- Green Roofs –will need some maintenance, eco-friendly, sustainable materials.

Decisions, decisions

The weather has much to do with how long your roof will last. The high wind areas need different materials for longevity then say dry, aired regions. Since roofing can be a considerable homeowner expense, make sure the type of roof is appropriate for your area. Also, having a reputable company do the work will go a long way to protect your investment in your house. Look for online reviews, a Better Business Bureau rating and even check with your local Chamber of Commerce to locate roofing companies that will do the job correctly and promptly. Ask friends or neighbors to recommend or suggest roofing installers in your area. Finally, another good source of information on roofing companies is your homeowner's insurance company. 

Check with your local realtor about what type of roofing materials they find will increase the value of homes in your area.

About the Author

Niz Brown

Born in San Pedro, California, as a first generation Croatian, I graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a degree in Mathematics and Chemistry and then earned a teaching credential from San Francisco State University. In 1960 I married native San Franciscan Jim Brown. Jim, was a high school teacher before becoming the owner/chef of La Lanterna Restaurant in Kentfield from 1985-1992. He is now retired. I combined substitute teaching in Marin County with the rearing of our four children, all of whom are grown and have settled in Marin. I became intrigued with the world of homes when we acted as the general contractors in building our own home in Woodacre and another home in the San Geronimo Valley. I began to work the carpet business, and became licensed to sell real estate in 1976. I was an associate realtor with other companies before becoming an independent broker and opening my own office in downtown Larkspur in 1991.

Decades of experience in real estate, plus a passion for details, executed in a creative manner allows me to serve in an exceptional manner. I advise my clients on the preparation of a property for sale and use my skills to assist sellers in arranging for staging, clean up, etc. Then I begin the marketing by having the home professionally photographed I create a property website and create fliers and print advertising. The MLS places the listing on all media site. Then when a offer comes in, the negotiation skills and attention to the details of the transaction take over. Other agents often say "you have the nicest listings". I care deeply about the quality of service I provide. When it comes to representing buyers I am patient and tenacious. I am just as excited as the buyer when we find the right home. I love my job!

I network with agents from diverse brokerages. I operate a "bus tour" with 25 professionals from 15 different brokerages. Operating my bus tour is my way of establishing close relationships with colleagues and gives me the opportunity to serve more effectively. Real estate is a unique community of competitors who work together with love and respect and cooperate to serve our clients.

I have developed a passion for photography and painting larger-than-life images of flowers. I am a signature member of the National Watercolor Association. At close of escrow each of my clients is given a choice of one of my prints for their home.