A decent roof over your head is one of the first things a good homeowner would worry about. However, there are several ways you can improve your roof to last longer when you have it installed. These upgrades not only increase the longevity of your roof but also make it easier for you in the long run to maintain it. These five great upgrades improve your roof and will almost never let you down when it comes to lowering future bills.
Low Maintenance Gutters
Low maintenance gutters can save you a large amount of money in the future. Maintaining it is a breeze because of how this type of gutter are built and installed. Leaves and other debris will have a difficult time clogging it up as they usually come with filters that keep the debris out while letting water pass through. You don’t need to shove a hose into your gutters anymore and you simply need to sweep the debris off. One thing you should consider for your gutter upgrade however is what material you’re going to want.
Gutter Material Choices
You have the choice of either aluminum or copper. Each has their own advantages. Aluminum is the cheaper option, costing only half of what a copper gutter would cost. The main weakness of aluminum gutters is that they last only a third of copper’s lifespan and it is also weakened by high amounts of heat. Copper on the other hand, is more expensive but can last until the end of your home’s lifespan. Yes, Your HOME and not just your roof. It is also far more resistant to heat than aluminum.
Modern Energy Efficient Shingles
These shingles are designed to help you save money on your heating or cooling bill. They have UV reflecting granules that protect them from the heat of the sun and also make sure that the heat won’t penetrate into your home, keeping it nice and cool without the need for a fan or air conditioner. The best part is that you don’t have to compromise the look of your roof either as they come in an assortment of colors from classic black to oak brown.
Speaking of keeping your home cool, roof vents help to regulate air in your attic. They make sure that the heat that does get in your roof has a place to disperse. This roof upgrade is especially handy during the summer where your attic will slowly turn into a slow bake oven that’ll make your cooling system work twice as hard and slow baking your shingles if the heat isn’t dispersed. During the winter, these vents keep heat from dispersing into your attic from your home. This makes sure that ice dams have a harder time forming in there.
Ice dams can cause a number of problems for your roof, but there is a roof upgrade specifically made to handle it head on. Eave flashing is a homeowner’s answer to these ice dams and they can help prevent damage caused by these ice dams. They help divert water into your gutters and support your shingles. A good eave flashing will considerably increase the lifespan of your roof and gutters.