If it is time to replace your roof, you may have already decided on things like the shingles you want to use. There are other things that can be done with your roof replacement, such as adding wind guards to eaves, installing an energy efficient underlayment and improving areas that are prone to leaks. If you are having your roof replaced, here are some additional improvements you may want to have done with your roof replacement.
1. Adding Protection for Wind and Ice Dams
Wind-blown rain and ice dams are a major problem for asphalt shingles. There are new products that can help protect your home from these problems. You can have a membrane installed at the eaves of the roof, which will help to prevent water from getting beneath the roofing and causing water damage. This membrane helps to protect against these problems by providing extra waterproofing in these areas. If you live in a colder climate, you may want to consider other home improvements like insulating rafters to give your home more protection from ice dams.
2. Improving Energy Efficiency with a Better Underlayment
The underlayment of your roofing can also be improved with newer energy efficient products. These products can provide insulation to your home and reduce energy loss. They can be newer rubber moisture barriers instead of asphalt paper, which will not only make your home more energy efficient, but can also provide more protection from roof leaks. It will cost more than conventional felt paper, but it can also help save you money and prevent water damage caused by small roof leaks.
3. Protection for Areas That Are Prone to Leaks and Water Damage
In addition to better underlayments, you may also want to improve flashing in areas that are prone to leaks. These are areas like valleys, and where a roof structure meets walls. In these areas, you may want to have a rubber flashing installed, as well as metal flashing. This will give you two layers of leak protection, and help to ensure that you do not have leaks in the areas where there is a lot of runoff from your roof.
These are some additional improvements that you may want to consider having done when you replace your roof. If you need to replace your roof, and want to improve your home, contact a roofing contractor like US Roofing and ask them about some of these options for your roof replacement.
Is the roof on your home ready for replacement? If so, do you know what type of roofing you are going to have installed to replace it? Will you have the existing roof removed, or just have the home re-roofed? You will face several decisions while you work to replace the roof on your home. Scroll through my site to find a great list that can help you decide what product and method of installation will be best for your home. Hopefully, the information provided will take some of the confusion and stress out of this big, important home improvement project.