New Roof before Selling House

ONDUVILLA Slate Gray roof on a house

If you’re considering re-roofing your home before you place it up for sale, you’re in good company. One of the biggest reasons homeowners put money into remodeling is to increase the value of their home, and according to recent research, a new roof can do just that.

In their 2015 Remodeling Impact Report, the National Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry looked at the resale value of eight common exterior home improvement projects, including a new roof. (You can access a summary of the report, including methodology, at realtor.org.) REALTORS® were asked, regardless of cost, which improvements were most appealing for buyers. They ranked a new roof No. 1 when considering buyer appeal, cost and return—sellers recoup an impressive 105 percent of the project upon resale. Additionally, 32 percent of REALTORS® said the project helped cinch the deal, resulting in a closed sale.

From a buyer’s perspective, the condition of the roof can be a strong indication of the overall condition of the home. If the homeowner neglected the roof, there may be serious issues with neglect of other areas of the home. A new roof allays these concerns, inspiring confidence in the buyers and making your roof a strong selling feature.

Aesthetically, a new roof gives your home instant curb appeal and helps ensure an overall good first impression. This is especially important when you consider how buyers are approaching the home buying process. Almost half of prospective buyers—43 percent, across all age groups—are going online to look at photos of properties for sale as the first step in their home buying process, according to the National Association of REALTORS® 2015 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report, which is available at realtor.org. The home buyers are making immediate judgments about what they see.

A new roof with an attractive and distinctive appearance can separate your home from others. The ONDUVILLA roofing system delivers an attractive and distinctive appearance at an installed cost that is similar to asphalt shingles. And ONDUVILLA is available in six attractive colors, giving homeowners options in choosing a roof color that blends well with exterior colors of the home.

Free samples of ONDUVILLA are available upon request through our online request form.

ONDUVILLA: Innovative, Affordable and Attractive

ONDUVILLA fills an identified need in the roofing market. In 2011 we conducted a large research project on roofing options for U.S. homeowners. We spoke with hundreds of homeowners and contractors about the roofing market, and both sides said the same thing—only two options exist: low-cost asphalt shingles that you see on most homes or the much more expensive slate or tile.

Here are some of the findings from our research:

  • 89% of homes have an asphalt shingle roof.
  • 5% of homes have a slate roof.
  • 1% of homes have a ceramic tile roof.
  • 80% of reroof installations are with asphalt shingles.
  • 94% of homeowners rated “cost-effective products” as one of the most important characteristics of roofing materials, which is why they frequently settle on asphalt shingles.
  • 88% of homeowners rated “cost-effective installation” as one of the most important characteristics of roofing materials, which is why they rarely choose slate or tile.

Or, as one homeowner put it, “You can go with ‘the standard’ [asphalt shingles] or you can go really high-end. There is nothing in-between.”

The data supports our observation that most homeowners choose asphalt shingles based on cost, not aesthetics. A small percentage of homeowners accept the much higher cost that goes with slate or tile because they want a distinctive and attractive look for their roof. We saw an opportunity to introduce a new roofing material that delivers a distinctive and attractive appearance at a price that is similar to premium asphalt shingles, and that material is ONDUVILLA.

Our research also showed both homeowners and contractors had three distinct features in mind for a potential new roofing alternative—innovative, affordable and attractive. ONDUVILLA offers all three benefits. If you’re in the market for a new roof, we hope you’ll consider ONDUVILLA for your home.

ONDUVILLA Installation: Year-Round in any Climate

ONDUVILLA was developed to provide attractive roofing for residential homes while outperforming traditional shingles in wind resistance and durability. Without the weight or installation challenges of traditional shingles, ONDUVILLA also excels in its ease of installation.

At 90 pounds per square, ONDUVILLA shingles weigh less than half of traditional shingles. Roofers moving the material around are less fatigued at the end of the day and are less likely to make costly mistakes. “They’re amazed at how light ONDUVILLA is. That’s the first thing anyone says,” notes Buddy Pullen, National Technical Manager for Onduline North America, who trains roofers on how to install ONDUVILLA.

Likewise, roofers installing ONDUVILLA can cover more area with less effort. One ONDUVILLA shingle is the equivalent to two standard shingles and requires only 150 fasteners per square. Standard shingles use 330 or more nails per square.

ONDUVILLA is also easy to lay out, with no starter strips or pieces. Starting at the bottom, roofers can set the first row of shingles and lay out the rest of the roof, adding a row every 12.5 inches. There’s no need for vertical layout lines.

ONDUVILLA is also safer to work with than traditional shingles. ONDUVILLA shingles have a textured solid surface, so there’s no surface aggregate on which to slip or scrape knuckles, knees and elbows.

Because ONDUVILLA goes on just like traditional shingles, the installation tools and concepts are already in common use. No special tools are needed. ONDUVILLA can be installed year-round in any climate without affecting the integrity of the material or the warranty. Another plus: ONDUVILLA can be installed over a single layer of traditional shingles, saving disposal fees.

The ONDUVILLA installation instructions are available in PDF format for download.

Blind nailing: A little American know-how creates a new installation technique for ONDUVILLA®

We introduced ONDUVILLA® to the North American market just over a year ago and already a home-grown adaption has evolved that speeds up an already quick installation process. It has a cool name too – blind nailing.

The blind nailing technique to install ONDUVILLA is a simple, four-step process:

  • Step 1: Measure out the roof and run chalk lines for the rows of ONDUVILLA shingles.
  • Step 2: Lay out the first row while lining up the ridges so one tile locks in with the other.
  • Step 3: Use a nail gun with a typical shingle nail in the valley in between the overlapping guides to hold tiles in place. Then place next shingle and continue.
  • Step 4: Repeat and continue until side of house finished. Come back and finish the tiles with ONDUVILLA roofing nails on the corrugations.  ONDUVILLA roofing nails come with gaskets to complete the SealSmart™ system, and must be hammered in by hand.

Why would a roofing contractor prefer blind nailing? It allows them to still use a nail gun and normal roofing tacks to quickly set the ONDUVILLA shingles. Since they are twice the size of most asphalt shingles and much more lightweight, they cover more area and are easier to handle. Once they are secure, an assistant can go back and hammer in the ONDUVILLA nails to complete the SealSmart™ system – allowing the contractor to move onto another job.

Stay tuned because up next, we’ll be sharing some of the roofing trends we heard about while on the road over the past six weeks at different trade shows across the country. In the meantime, visit us on Facebook, and if there’s a topic you’d like us to cover, let us know in the comment section below.

What we Learned at 15 Different Trade Shows

We’ve had a busy couple of months, attending more than 15 trade shows across the country – including some big ones like the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas. It’s always nice to get out and talk to roofing contractors about what they need and to learn about some of the trends impacting the roofing industry. Rather than keep that information to ourselves, we wanted to share some of the things we saw and heard, so below we’ve broken out some of the key things we learned on the road.

Contractors still want something new

Beyond asphalt shingles, affordable and trustworthy alternatives have been simply non-existent, which hasn’t made contractors’ lives easier. Customers like choices, and if their customers couldn’t afford slate or tile, the only question to really ask was: “What color of asphalt shingle do you like?”

We developed ONDUVILLA for this very reason. Our third-party research told us homeowners and roofing contractors are hungry for colorful, distinctive roofing options over the asphalt shingles that don’t leap up in cost like terra cotta or slate. And this was again affirmed at every trade show, as we consistently heard how few options there are in the marketplace. Roofing contractors want something new to offer clients at the price point the vast majority of homeowners are able to afford. Onduvilla is emerging as the roofing system that will fill the void.

New technologies

When we weren’t talking to people about our roofing solutions, we took some time to learn about the other emerging roofing technologies poised to make a big impact. One that caught our attention has the potential to dramatically simplify roof measurements. Most people have used Google Maps to zoom in on their home, but EagleView Technologies has taken that a step further. Using aerial satellite images of people’s homes, they can measure the dimensions of a roof and give cost estimates for a reroof.

Small-scale projects becoming a big deal

Big roofing projects weren’t the only thing catching people’s interest. On the other end of the roofing spectrum, small-scale projects are becoming increasingly popular – specifically tiny houses. The tiny house movement has gained momentum in recent years, and that community is very excited about the advantages of ONDUVILLA.