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Roof Upgrades to Consider

When you’re thinking of getting leaf screens for your gutters, the first thing is to see if the gutters and roof are in good condition.  Otherwise, you’re just throwing your money away.  And let’s face it, that sucks.  So, what’s the roof looking like now?  When it’s time to explore roof upgrades, here are some things to keep in mind.

First, when was the last time you got you got up there and had a look around.  Hopefully, you haven’t had to.  If your roof is in good condition, then it should require little to no maintenance.  Especially if there is no pooling water and the gutters are working as they should.  Depending on the construction of your roof, you can expect it to last between 20 and 30 years without requiring attention.  So, think about the life of your home and when it’s been installed.  Maybe pop up there and take a look.  If you feel comfortable that it will last for another decade or so, then you can feel confident sorting out the bits like gutters and gutter guards.

However, if it’s been 15 years or so, or if you’re seeing some signs of pooling or other damage, then you may want to consider setting yourself up.  And the good news is that there have been some amazing advancements in roofing technology over the last decade.  Beautiful, reflective shingles are now available that will add to your home’s aesthetic value while reduce heating costs.  Reflective shingles can cut heating costs from 7-15%.  Plus, when you opt for higher-grade shingles, you add years to the life of your roof.

It doesn’t stop there.  If you have a chimney, then you can increase the value of your home even further by choosing the right chimney cap.  First of all, go airtight.  This will prevent cool air from leaving your home and reduce cooling costs.  It will also prevent the loss of warm air during the winter time.  If you have a fireplace and would like to put this into play, then it’s best to install a steel cap and spring-operated cable to open and close the chimney cap as you desire.  That way, you can open the chimney when you have a fire and close it after you’ve finished.

Another key for roof upgrades is to make sure that the attic is well ventilated.  Heat travels up, so it’s all too easy for heat to collect in the top of your house.  By making sure that the attic is well-ventilated, you can reduce the amount of heated air which collects in your home.  GO for ridge vents that span the length of the roof.  These are both more attractive and more efficient than the small vents of the past.

Last, but certainly not least, you want a high-efficiency, low-maintenance gutter system.  This is key.  If leaves and rain collet on your roof, the moisture will rot the shingles and extend downward into the wood.  This means that you’ll invite pests and leakage into your home, which is something that nobody wants.  Go for high-quality, low-maintenance gutters, and you’ll increase the life of your roof by years, if not decades.

The last step is to make sure that leaves don’t collect in the gutters and make them ineffectual.  That’s where we come in.  If you’ve got the bases covered and you want your gutters to work hassle-free, then give us a call.  We’re here to help your roof last as long as it can.

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