You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
If you are going to be replacing your shingles soon, there are some improvements that you want to make sure to get done. These include improvements that you plan before removing the old roofing, but there are also things to do before the job is finished. The following roofing options are what you want to talk to your contractor about before completing your replacement project:
Premium Edges for Rooflines
The roofline is one of the areas where you may have invested in improvements. There may be more lines and angles that have been added to your home with gables, valleys, and changes to the roof structure. There are solutions that can help make these details stand out to enhance the appearance of your home. These areas can be enhanced with different colored materials or options like metal. This will make the rooflines more attractive and help protect against issues like wind damage.
Finishes to Prevent Wind Damage
There are some areas of asphalt shingle roofs that can be vulnerable to wind damage. The right roof improvements can help prevent issues with roof damage. The finishes of your roof can include edges where the fascia is installed. In these areas, the finishes can cover the tabs of shingles. This will prevent wind from getting beneath the roofing and causing damage. In addition, it is important that the ridge caps and other vulnerable areas of the roof are well-attached to the roof.
Additional Vents for the Attic
The attic is an area of your home that can be vulnerable to damage if it doesn't have the ventilation it needs. Therefore, one of the things that you want to ask your roofing contractor about is adding more ventilation to the attic. This can be done by installing additional ridge vents and turtle-back vents (larger attic vents that are visible on roofs). The additional vents will also improve the energy efficiency of your home. If you add turtle backs, they can be installed in a less visible area of your roof. These will provide better ventilation than options like ridge vents.
Caps and Improvements to Reduce Wear
There are vents, mechanical systems, and features like chimneys that are exposed on the roof. These are installations that are vulnerable to damage due to rain getting in them or pests building nests. Thus, installing caps with screens and other features to protect your home can be a good idea. If there are caps missing on any mechanical vents or chimneys, ask your contractor about installing them where they are needed.
The improvements that are done at the end of your roof replacement may seem minor, but they can make a difference. Contact a roofing contractor for help planning your roof project.