A good roof over our head keeps us – and all our possessions – safe from the elements. However, sun, rain and snow can degrade our roof over time, and this, in turn, leads to leaks that can damage the interior of the house. Your home’s roof needs to be replaced periodically to keep it looking great and to protect your home.
If you’re planning to replace your roof, think of it as an opportunity to do some upgrades as well.
1. Install an Airtight Chimney Cap
Unlike masonry and metal chimney caps that are designed to keep rain, birds and other critters out of your chimney, airtight caps are about saving energy. When your fireplace is not in use, warm air from inside your home is literally gushing out the chimney when the weather is cold. The damper in your firebox does little to stop it because it is not airtight. Ask your roofer about installing an airtight chimney cap.
2. Install Eave Flashing
This home exterior waterproofing upgrade adds a watertight seal to your roof that can protect against damage from ice dams. Flashings are also a good idea around skylights, dormers and other vulnerable areas of your roof. These membranes are peel-and-stick and can be applied by roofers before shingling on the outer wall plane of the roof. They form a watertight seal in the areas that are susceptible to leaks.
3. Improve Roof Ventilation
Attics become like furnaces in summer if they are not well ventilated. That heat buildup radiates to the rooms directly below the attic, making them uncomfortable. To keep the attic and your home cooler, be sure your roofing contractor installs ridge vents across the top of your roof. Barely noticeable from the street, ridge vents allow air movement beneath the ridge cap shingles. For ventilation to be effective, soffit vents located under the eaves draw cooler air into the attic as hot air is being expelled.
4. Choose an Energy-Efficient Shingle
More than just a cosmetic covering, shingles provide insulation to the entire surface of your roof. New enhanced shingle designs use reflective granules that direct the sun’s rays away from your home, reducing the cost of cooling your home during summers. Depending on your climate and your home’s construction, a cool roof can save between 7% and 15% on cooling costs.
5. Install Low-Maintenance Gutters
It’s also a good idea to scrap your old gutters and install new ones – especially if your existing gutters are misaligned or unsightly. Gutter systems with built-in curved hoods are designed to be maintenance-free. This allows rainwater to travel down and around its curved hood and into the gutter while deflecting leaves. This prevents clogs and unsightly staining on gutters and siding due to gutter overflow.
Your roof deserves only the best. Trust your roof replacement job to the pros at Stonebridge Roofing, Waterproofing and Exteriors. Call us today at (904) 204-4541, or fill out our online form to request a free estimate.