Finishing Your Basement

3 Roofing Upgrades You Won't Regret

Have you ever thought about which home upgrades really matter? Although you might be tempted to rip out those laminate counters or replace that dated carpet, the fact of the matter is that your roof makes up about 40% of the visible exterior of your home. If you want to make a big difference, consider investing in these three residential roofing upgrades that you won't regret later.  

1: Heat Cables

As you take down your Christmas lights, nothing is worse than coming across large barren patches where shingles should be. Unfortunately, if you live in an area where winters tend to be harsh, that might be the reality you are faced with in the spring. When heat radiates from your attic, it can cause large sheets of snow and ice to travel down your roof, ripping off shingles along the way.

These large sheets, also called ice dams, can also curl over the edge of your home and fall, creating dangerous situations for your kids and pets. Fortunately, you don't have to let ice dams ruin your roof or injure your children. By installing heat cables along the eaves of your roof, ice and snow will melt away and allow water to flow into rain gutters.

Heat cables are generally installed in a zigzag pattern along the bottom edge of your roof. Believe it or not, they can even sense the ambient temperature and adjust for changes, so you won't have to worry about them heating up your shingles on a hot day. Installing heat cables is an easy way to keep your roof in decent condition all throughout the winter, without a lot of effort on your part.

2: Seamless Gutters

If you are like most people, you probably put a lot of thought into the exterior of your place when you were building your home. After carefully choosing a siding color and finding the perfect windows, it might have been disappointing to see how those rain gutter seams clashed with your roof and surrounding façade. However, if you upgrade to seamless gutters, those downspouts might blend right in.

Unlike traditional gutters, which are prefabricated in set colors and joined together, seamless gutters are created and installed to meet the exact specifications of your home. Professional installers will use cold metal extrusion equipment to form gutters to match your home, and then install them to fit each area perfectly.

In addition to blending into the surrounding environment, seamless gutters also help your roof to reroute water and debris more effectively. Because there aren't nearly as many internal seams inside of seamless gutters, there aren't places for leaves to catch, block the flow of water, and create pools of moisture on your roof. In addition to moving debris, effective gutters can also keep your shingles in better condition, because water won't have the chance to puddle and damage sub-roofing materials.

3: Décor Elements

After you make your roof more functional, you should think about adding a little visual interest by incorporating some interesting design elements. Here are a few interesting pieces of roofing décor that can dress up the space, so that you can draw the eye upwards:

  • Gables: Attic vents aren't always attractive, but you can cover them up by adding wooden gables to the upper corners of your roof. Consider painting gables to match your window trim, or to contrast with the color of your siding.
  • Cupolas: If you want to show off that steep roof pitch, consider topping your roof with a few brass cupolas. Your roof will look finished and polished, without being too flashy.
  • Weathervanes: Do you want to make your home look like it is straight out of a storybook? Consider installing a weathervane to the tallest part of your roof.

Making your roof a little more interesting might help you to tie in design elements from your home and yard, so that you can make your house the complete package.

Investing a little time and money into your roof can drastically increase your curb appeal and keep those shingles in better condition.