Fall is the perfect time to book your new roof project you’ve been putting off all year. This home renovation project is a smart move with a great return on investment. In the short term it can save you tons on leak repairs and HVAC expenses, while in the long run it will improve the resale value of your home.
Now that you’re taking that major step to upgrade your house, make sure you get your money’s worth by exploring value-added improvements that offer useful benefits for your family and lifestyle. Here are some to consider:
Opt for energy-efficient products.
Environmentally friendly products aren’t just good for the planet, they’re good for your wallet, too. That’s why it pays to incorporate green products when re-roofing. Look for energy-efficient solar shingles that are smartly designed to reflect the sun’s light and lower your home’s cooling costs. Modern models come in a variety of aesthetically pleasing colours and finishes, including slate and wood shades. If you have a chimney, it also makes sense to invest in an airtight chimney cap that works double duty by saving energy and preventing critters from camping out in your chimney.
Install a skylight or sun tunnel.
Take a “boring” renovation and add light to your home while improving your interior environment with a skylight or Sun Tunnel. Skylights and sun tunnels are a perfect solution to getting the right amount of natural light into your home. Due to their angle relative to the sun, skylights provide 200% more daylight than a vertical window, as well as privacy from your neighbours. With a programmable venting skylight from VELUX, you can also improve the indoor air quality of your home, which can be up to five times worse than the air quality outdoors. By opening your skylight, you can allow hot air, odours and toxins to rise and escape through the roof, creating a healthier indoor environment for you and your family. You can also reduce the need for air conditioning in the summer months, saving on your electricity bills.
If you already have a skylight, re-roofing is the perfect time to replace your existing one to make sure both elements are properly integrated together. Plus, save yourself the hassle and expense of having to take on another roofing renovation project a few years from now when your skylight needs replacing.
Incorporate eave flashing.
Sometimes known as weatherproofing, flashing is ideal for our harsh winters that bring snow and the risk of ice dams, which can damage your roof and lead to leaks. Flashing involves installing thin pieces of impermeable materials that are applied before shingling to form a watertight seal over eaves to decrease water penetration. It’s also a good idea to install eaves for other vulnerable areas in your roof, like around the above-mentioned skylights and chimneys. Although flashing comes in a variety of materials such as stainless steel and aluminum, most roofing experts recommend copper. The material is a bit pricier but is the most effective for sealing and preventing water issues.
Install low-maintenance gutters.
Cleaning out the gutters is a tough, often dangerous maintenance job that no one wants to tackle. So why not choose gutters that will make this task easier, or even completely eliminate the need for it? One option is to consider newer rain gutter models that are sleekly designed to be maintenance free, allowing water to travel down and away from your roof and preventing leaves from collecting.
Another option is to install gutter guards, which can reduce the frequency of maintenance required. If you go with gutter guards, you should know there are three types to choose from — screens, surface tension and fine mesh. Screens are the most common type of gutter guard, probably because they’re the cheapest and easiest to install. They work well at filtering out leaves, but pine needles, seeds and other debris may still get in and require occasional cleaning. Surface tension guards are the most expensive, but if installed correctly at the right angle, any debris that does get in can usually be washed away, meaning you won’t need to clean them. Finally, fine mesh guards are similar to screens but are better at keeping small debris at bay. They only need occasional cleaning that can be done with a blower or brush. If you choose this kind, be sure to go with surgical stainless steel rather than window screen material to ensure your guards can withstand ice and branches.
When it comes to re-roofing, there are many options to improve the overall performance of your roof and home. Research each one carefully to understand the value it can bring to your property and everyday life.