Street appeal, improved house value, and energy saving with a new roof from SOD
Keeping you cool from the Californian sun, a new roof installation has become a lot more than a cover for your custom house. It is a way to increase the overall value of your property, as well as making smart energy savings using modern roofing technologies such as cool roof installations, or solar system additions to produce your own green energy. More than looks, a new roof is a visible statement that you care about the house, and you are ready to turn it into a modern home.
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A new roof is more than just a cover for your house.
It’s a visible statement that you care about the house beneath, and that you are looking to make the most out of it, both in terms of looks and functionality.
Though seen as an expense, a new roof is actually an investment that will have a positive impact on energy saving, as well as the overall inside comfort of your custom home, which will eventually translate to an increased property value.
This article focuses on good things to know in case your current roofing system is beyond roof repair, and you decided to enquire with roofing contracts about that new roof that fits your house, as well as your household needs.
Here are some good things to know for a perfect roof installation:
Choose the right roofing material
Though there are a lot of roofing materials to choose from, here are the most practical:
Clay and concrete – the most popular in California given the warm aspect of it
Slate – a more traditional choice that goes well with old-style houses
Metal – suitable for smaller estates
Asphalt – a cost-effective roofing choice
Wood shakes – this type for roofing material is mainly used on custom homes
Check the roof decking as well
Besides the outsides of the roof, the roof decking is also an essential aspect of a lasting roofing system, while also contributing to energy saving since it’s the connector between roof and house.
A roof deck repair will be needed if the decking is susceptible to water infiltration which can cause the wood to rot, and also develop harmful mold that can affect the air quality throughout your custom home.
Still, if too much of the wood is damaged, an entire new decking will be needed, since the structural integrity of the roof is affected, and that structure will inevitably collapse.
Install proper ventilation
In a hot climate, performing roof ventilation is essential, not only for the obvious aspect of comfort and energy saving, but also because harmful spores and molds can develop under a poorly-ventilated roof.
There are three main ways to ensure proper roof ventilation:
Tile vents – which are designed to look like your roof tiles
Over fascia vents – these are installed under the eaves of the roof
Ridge vents – they are installed under the ridge of the roof
Relocate during the roof replacement
Unlike a roof repair, a complete installation of a new roof is a noisy and dirty endeavor.
So the best approach would be to relocate during this type of home improvement, or at least be out during the day while the roofing company is doing their job.
Even more, most of the utilities will be shut down during the process, so have that in mind when planning the timing for your new roofing installation.
Cover your furniture
Though the roofing company will try to isolate the work site from the rest of the house, a lot of debris will still make way into the living areas below.
Besides, the construction team will likely use your stairs to get to the roof, so that means a lot of traffic, and a lot of materials that can mess up your furniture and other valuables.
So it’s best to take precautionary steps and cover with foil all your furniture, while also creating a clear walkway to and from the top area of your custom home.
Also, don’t forget to cover your floors, and even the walls where necessary, and consider taking down pictures or paintings from the walls in order to protect them.
Make it a cool roof
For energy saving purposes, making your roof cool is a sure way to reduce the costs of your cooling, since a cool roof reflects up to 65% of solar radiation, while traditional roofs average at about 15%.
It’s not as much about the material, as it is about the technique used to make that roof cool, by applying a white layer of coating on the exterior of it, so it will absorb less radiation from the sun.
As you see, a new roof is a great upgrade to any custom home. It’s the type of home improvement visible from the outside, but also noticeable in terms of comfort from the inside of your custom home.
For a roof installation done on time, on budget and without any unwanted surprises, get in touch with SOD Home Group.
We are one of the top roofing contractors in California, and have the expertise and the team to offer a carefree roofing installation.
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