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Planning for a new roof this Spring? Consider these 5 upgrades!

January 26, 2018

Re-roofing your home is no small undertaking, and it’s something you don’t plan to do many times over the course of owning your home. It’s important to determine if you’d like to make any changes to your current roof before the reroof day arrives, and there are a few upgrades that are worth considering. These upgrades can make a substantial difference in the functionality of your roof while also offering increased protection and longevity—and could save you money in the long run.

 Five upgrades to consider:

  • Shingles:  More than just a cosmetic covering, shingles provide insulation to the entire surface of your roof. New enhanced shingle designs use reflective granules that direct the sun’s rays away from your home, reducing the cost of cooling your home during the hot Midwest summers.
  • Gutters: If your gutters are original to your home, and it’s time to replace your roof, its probably a good idea to replace your gutters as well. The gutter systems that are typically installed when a home is built are prefabricated and basic, and probably weren’t customized to the weather the Midwest typically gets in the frigid winters and sizzling summers. The guttering system protects your roof from damage and directs water away from your home and foundation. Re-roofing your house without upgrading the gutters would be like installing old windows on a new house. Consider installing a leaf guard or cover on your gutters to ensure that water flows through them properly.
  • Eave flashing: We’ve talked about how important flashing is to keep ice dams from building up around the eaves of your home in cold weather. Upgrading this flashing creates a strong seal that keeps water out.
  • Chimney caps: If you don’t regularly use your chimney, a hermetically-sealed chimney cap is a great investment. This allows you to close the chimney cap by pulling a lever at the base of the fireplace. These airtight and weatherproof caps not only keep out dirt, dust and the occasional critter, but they also keep hot air from escaping through the chimney in the winter and from seeping into your home in the summer.
  • Ventilation systems: Speaking of hot air, if your attic is not ventilated properly, heat and moisture can build up under your roof and creep back into your home, causing mold and mildew damage. Installing extra vents during a re-roofing project can disperse hot air without having to install unsightly turbines on your roof later.

 There’s lots to consider when it comes to upgrades, and it’s always easier to complete these projects while your home is being re-roofed. If you are ready for a new roof and would like to know more about your options, give the team at RSG a call at 816-866-4235 or just click HERE to schedule your complimentary consultation. 

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