Most homeowners will not plan for a roof replacement many times in their life, which is why it’s important to make the most out of it. If you are in the process of getting a roof replacement, you know the amount of planning and decision making it involves. When it comes to making the right decisions that will ultimately protect your home, consider these 3 upgrades. These upgrades can make a significant difference in the functionality of your roof by increasing the durability, saving energy and ensuring your home stays protected and dry.
An upgrade most homeowners opt in for during their roof replacement is new gutters. The gutter systems that are installed into a home are typically basic, and probably not equipped to handle the heavy rainfall and snow during the course of your home’s lifespan.
Another thing to keep in mind is, if your roof is being replaced because of damage caused by a storm, your gutters were most likely affected, as well. The last thing you would want to worry about after receiving an upgraded roof is your gutter system needing to be replaced shortly after!
Not only will new gutters improve the overall look of your home, there are many new gutter systems on the market that require little to no maintenance, such as the addition of gutter guards. Getting new gutters during a roof replacement is killing two birds with one stone, saving you time and energy.
Ventilation on your roof is important because your house needs to breathe. The attic is where all of your home’s heat builds up, and without proper ventilation mold can easily form, causing problems such as premature deterioration. Ventilation is responsible for keeping your home cold during warm weather and warm during cold weather.
Older ridge vents are made from aluminum, so if they haven’t been replaced they may be old and rusted and not properly doing their job. There are so many new, different styles and brands that may be a better fit, especially on top of your fresh, new roof.
Another popular upgrade under the ventilation category is attic fans, which are a type of attic vent. The attic is where all of your home’s hot and humid air sits, the attic fan (as fans do) circulate this hot air and push it up out of the vent. The reason why people love this upgrade is that it takes the pressure off of your HVAC system. By keeping the top of your house cooler in the summer and your insulation dry in the winter, it can reduce your need for an AC or heating to go into overdrive.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular shingle material because of their affordability, but they are not the only option! There are many other materials that you can explore that enhance your curb appeal and have a longer lifespan. Though asphalt is the cheapest right now, when all is said and done there are other materials that are more durable and last longer that could be a better investment in the long run.
A great option for an upgraded shingle is slate! Slate roofs have been around for years, and there’s a reason for that. A slate roof installation can dramatically improve your home because it’s beautiful, durable and fire resistant.
Another material that lasts longer than asphalt is cedar. We recommend our cedar replacement roofing for many reasons. Not only is it resistant to the elements, but it is also a natural insulator. Not to mention, it has exceptional strength and stability, so you can enjoy its aesthetic benefits for many years to come.
All in all, though asphalt is the most affordable, there are other materials that come with plenty of benefits to look in to as well.
We would be honored if you chose MLM to assist you when it’s time to start the roof replacement process. Our trained experts are there to present all of your options and walk with you hand in hand when making decisions. When you’re ready, give MLM a call at 1-844-MLM-ROOF to get started.