Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

Solar Panels For Your Roof

Construction & Contractors Blog

If it's been a few decades since you had a new roof, you probably need to replace it to avoid possible expensive repair problems. You can make your new roof actively work for you instead of just protecting you from the elements. Before you install a new roof, consider adding solar panels to your system. Having a roof that is a significant source of energy provides a number of advantages for you. 

Energy Advantages

Once you install solar roof panels, you can expect to save around $20,000 on energy in a twenty-year period. If you live in a climate that is sunny year long, that savings amount can increase dramatically. In addition to these financial benefits, you will experience true energy independence. When you are providing most of your own energy, you are not at the mercy of the utility companies. After all, the sunlight belongs to no one. Your energy costs will be less affected by politics or natural disasters. 

Home Value

In addition to making your lifestyle easier and more affordable, replacing your roof with a solar panel system adds value to your home. Solar energy is a powerful asset when you are trying to sell your residence. Many buyers are specifically looking for energy efficient houses and, in particular, homes with solar power. Experts say that homes with these panels sell 20% faster than homes without them. They also bring in 17% more money during a sale. 

Net Metering

In some areas, you can sell the excess energy your system produces back to an energy provider. Your home will usually be connected to a provider so that it can draw electricity to supplement the energy your solar roofing system provides. When you produce more energy than you need, it goes back into the system, and your meter actually runs backward. Not only do you save money, you can occasionally earn money with a solar panel roofing system.

Your new roof does not have to be just another set of shingles or tiles. You can take the opportunity to turn your roof into an efficient energy-producing system that will offer you long-term savings on your electricity bills. Doing so will turn your roof from a passive protective layer on your home to an active participant in making your life more comfortable and affordable. Before you decide on a new roof, check with a roof installation company to find the best materials for your needs.

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29 February 2016