Re-roofing is a much more cost-effective option for giving your roof a new look as opposed to roof replacement. It involves the installation of new shingles without changing the entire roof structure. Not only does re-roofing boost the aesthetic value of your home, but it also increases its marketability. Research shows that the value of your home increases by 63% after a roof improvement.
Since you can only re-roof once before you need a roof replacement, you can as well implement other upgrades to ensure the longevity of your roof. Although you can personally re-roof simple roofs, professional roofers in Holmfirth will make your work much easier and flawless. Here are five upgrades you should consider when re-roofing your home to lower your future maintenance costs.
Installing Low-Maintenance Gutters
Most homes have basic gutters that are cumbersome to maintain. They are prone to blockages and damage from adverse weather conditions like hailstorms and strong winds. What’s more, traditional gutters are made of joined pieces and can easily come apart under pressure. While you are re-roofing your home to remedy damages, chances are your gutters are already in bad shape.
Consider upgrading your original gutters to new maintenance-free ones. You can find new gutters with guards or curved hoods that prevent leaves and other debris from getting in, without blocking rainwater. Seamless one-piece gutters hold up well during heavy rains and pose little risk of leakages and cracks due to the absence of hinges.
Improved Roof Ventilation
The attic if not well ventilated can trap heat which then radiates to the rooms below, making your home uncomfortable. Excess heat also eats into your finances in the form of high energy bills from overworking the air conditioner.
For a cooler home during summer, ask your roofing contractor to install ridge vents under the ridge cap shingles to allow hot air to escape. A Soffit vent will disperse hot air from the attic which leaves through the ridge vent while letting in fresh air. It is a simple upgrade, but it will ensure sufficient and continuous air supply even during the unbearable summer heat.
Investing in an Airtight Chimney Cap
A typical chimney cap works to prevent rain, and sometimes animals from getting into the chimney. However, these chimney caps do nothing for you in conserving energy.
An airtight chimney caps save you energy by obstructing unwanted air-flow during winter. They obstruct cold air from getting in and warm air from escaping when the chimney is not in use. Additionally, airtight chimney caps prevent dust and insects from making your chimney their home.
The airtight caps come with cables that are attached to your fireplace. You tug on the cable to open the caps when using the fireplace and pull on it to close when you are done.
Switching to Reflective Shingles
The most common advice has always been to opt for white or light coloured shingles to keep the heat and sun’s radiation away. The lack of variety in colours let homeowners with aesthetically unappealing options.
When re-roofing your home, consider using new reflective shingles for a cool roof. The new shingles have reflective granules that help in reflecting sunlight away. They also reemit heat that has been absorbed thus reducing energy costs. What’s more, they come in a variety of colours, including inconspicuous wood tones.
Installing Eaves Flashing
Ice dams can build up during cold seasons behind the eaves and cause leakages into the roof. This results in moisture damage and rotten eave boards. Installing eaves flashing while re-roofing is a perfect way to prevent long-term water damage to your roof.
Eaves flashing refers to sheets of metal that are installed on the edge of the roof’s eaves before shingling to seal off the water. You can get the peel-and-stick type that locks into the roofing effortlessly in order to prevent leaks from ice dams.
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Whether it’s minor repairs or complete roof replacement, Eagle Roofing is here to offer the right solutions for your home’s roofing issues.