When most people think of home improvement projects, they think of kitchen remodels, painting and extensions. Not many consider updating their roof, but doing so might be the best investment they make. A new roof can preserve the integrity of a home and improve both its appearance and energy efficiency. If you are looking for ways to improve your home’s appearance, increase energy efficiency and boost resale value, talk to a professional roofer about the following three roofing upgrades:
Energy Efficient Shingles
Once upon a time, the only way for a homeowner to have an energy efficient roof was to install white or light colored shingles. However, these shingles weren’t aesthetically pleasing, so engineers came up with a new shingle: the reflective shingle. These shingles are available in assorted colors and are designed to reflect the sun’s radiation so as to remit as much of the heat as possible.
Low Maintenance Gutters
Not only can old gutters reduce the curb appeal of your home, but also, they may be negatively affecting your home’s foundation and structure. Gutters are designed to direct water and debris away from your home’s roof, walls and foundation. Old gutters might have rust holes in them or be misaligned or clogged, problems that can prevent gutters from properly doing their job. If you notice water damage on your walls, foundational issues or roof leaks, it may be time to talk to a roofer about new gutters.
Airtight Chimney Cap
Typical, chimney caps were designed to keep rain, debris and birds out of homes, but airtight chimney caps were designed to help homeowners reduce their energy bill. Talk to a roofing contractor about installing a spring-activated airtight cap. When you want to use your fireplace, simply tug a steel cable, which is located inside the chimney, to open up the cap. Once the fire is out, close it again by pulling down on the same wire.
If you’re looking for ways to improve your home’s appeal and efficiency, talk to a roofer near you about having one or all of the above upgrades done to your roof.