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5 Roof Renovation Essentials
by Nate Vickery on March 30, 2017

Renovating your roof may not be as glamorous as updating your kitchen or getting new furniture for your living room. Still, this is something that can mean a huge difference when it comes to safety and overall looks of your home. And if you’re wondering what fixes and updates you can make on your roof, here are 5 experts consider essential for every homeowner. Make sure you check them all out.

Fix any roof leaks

If you’ve noticed water stains on your ceiling or the walls, chances are your roof is leaky. Tracking down the leak is the hardest part, but once you manage to do it, fixing it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Start at the part of your roof that’s uphill from the stairs and look from any signs of penetration. These penetrations are probably the cause of your leak and usually include chimneys, dormers, roof cents, and other things that project through your roof. No matter how big the leak is, repairing it shouldn’t be too difficult.

Install ice dam protection

If you live in an area that tends to get pretty cold during the winter, chances are you’ll experience ice dams on your roof. These aren’t something you’ll want to have, so installing ice dam protection might also be a good idea. First of all, you can install metal panels cold “ice belts” along the edges of your roof. This is a fairly cheap solution for dealing with ice dams but if you want to invest more, you can always go for an ice melting system that will easily deal with any ice dams on your roof.

Install quality ventilation

Roof ventilation is another thing you should have in mind when renovating your roof. Many homeowners try to save money and go for poor roof ventilation which later only results in roof leaks and some more serious and expensive issues such as rotted plywood. If you experience this problem, your entire roof will have to be removed and replaced. Therefore, it’s a much better option to invest in installing new quality ventilation and prevent any big problems like this.

Repaint your roof

If you want your home to retain its original looks, you’ll have to repaint your roof from time to time. Now, this may sound easier than it seems, since it involves cleaning the entire roof and reaching for every single spot on it. That’s why it’s a much better idea to contact experts who will repaint your roof for you. You should always opt for local experts who’ll be able to work on repainting your roof for more than one day. For example, if your home is located in NSW, you can always turn to experts who offer roof painting services in Sydney.

Upgrade to metal shingles

There’s no need to say that metal shingles cot more than the asphalt ones. However, this difference in price may not be as huge as you might think, especially if you take into consideration all the benefits they bring. Take a look at it this way – a metal roof costs 20-30% more than a standard roof but metal shingles will never dry out, there will be no ice dams, and it makes installing proper ventilation much easier. The exposed fasteners may pose a problem, but this can be dealt with by re-fastening them every 5-7 years.

Do all of the abovementioned things and your roof will be guaranteed to stay in tip-top shape for years to come. Make some small fixes and updates on it every now and then and there will be nothing keeping it from looking just the same as when you’ve first installed it.

 


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