The latest roof remodeling ideas don’t always strike a chord. Driven by advancements in the world of design and the “need for new,” some remodeling ideas are downright scary. Others provide a lifetime of value to a home and a homeowner’s pocketbook. Ready for a change? These five trends in roof remodeling ideas might be worth the investment:
1. Consider synthetic underlayment for improved appearance and lasting appeal.
Unless you’re a roofing professional, the material placed under your shingles might never cross your mind. For decades, felt underlayment was the only choice possible. Polyurethane alternatives were slow to catch on, but due to their improved strength, durability and moisture resistance, these synthetic alternatives help your roof last longer. When shingles get damaged or blown off during storms, there’s less chance moisture will invade your home.
Though placed under shingles, synthetic underlayment offers aesthetic benefits too. Because they are thinner and lay flatter than traditional felt underlayment, they also help produce a more polished appearance.
2. Install “cool roof” shingles to prevent heat buildup and lower your energy bills.
A few years ago, developers created a shingle “cool roof” paint for reflecting the sun’s light. The theory was the paint would also deflect heat and result in a more comfortable home and lower bills. There were a few different issues with these products. They were expensive and messy to apply, and more importantly, they could change the way your shingles performed.
Manufacturers like GAF responded with new products designed to perform well on all fronts making them one of the best roof remodeling ideas. Timberline HD® Reflector Series™ shingles are a beautiful and eco-friendly investment with the potential to reduce your bills. From Copper Canyon and Birchwood to Charcoal Grey, your color choices in shingles are no longer limited to white or even light-colored shades.
3. Prevent damage with roof-centric storm preparation.
When winds rage and rains pour down, your roof is the only thing protecting your property. With summer storms becoming wilder every year, the time is right for investing in heavy-duty roofing materials. These run the gamut, from Dura Grip adhesive tested to withstand 150 mph winds to ultra-reinforced shingles impervious to impact, such as GAF Timberline® ArmorShield™ II and Grand Sequoia® IR.
Sure, replacing your roof after a hurricane is often covered by your insurance, but wouldn’t you like to forgo the expense, mess and disruption by keeping your roof in good condition? Your next roofing replacement is a good time to prepare.
Hopewell Roofing & Restoration is one of the top installers for these shingles, achieving Master Elite certification. It’s a designation earned by only two percent of roofing contractors and ensures we always have access to the company’s latest, greatest products.
4. Architectural shingles make a statement (and don’t have to cost a fortune).
Single asphalt shingle is still the most common roof topper you’ll find on homes. Quickly coming up in second place is the architectural shingle, one of the best roof remodeling ideas. Manufacturers make these products by laminating two – or more – asphalt shingles together to give a 3-D appearance mimicking more expensive types of roofing, such as cedar shakes. These shingles have unique colors that reinforce this three-dimensional effect.
While today’s architectural shingles have dropped the copycat act, their textured look is an improvement over the typical flat asphalt roof. It provides such bang for the buck, in fact, realtors suggest upgrading to architectural shingles before putting your home up for sale. With price points so close to regular asphalt shingles, it’s a no-brainer if you’re already replacing your roof.
5. Gutter upgrades keep homes looking sharp while cutting down on maintenance and moisture problems.
Gutter systems continue to be a necessity to protect homes’ foundations from water that pours off roofs during thunderstorms. Left to fall around the base of the house, water will dig trenches around your foundation and find its way into your crawlspace or basement. It won’t be long before those walls start caving in.
The good news is gutters are more beautiful than ever before. This is largely due to new aluminum designs and gutter guard systems specially developed to prevent leaks and debris buildup.
Interesting too are the environmental benefits of today’s gutter systems. Routed to rain barrels and grow beds, homeowners are taking full advantage of water collection systems. Gutters can now lower water usage and resulting bills, as well as improve the look of your property. The degree to which they’re able to do these things depends on your city and state code.
Make the most of your next home renovation with these roof remodeling ideas.
Contact our team at Hopewell Roofing & Restoration today to get an estimate for a roof remodeling cost.