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Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Built Right
Roof upgrades add to the beauty of your home and they provide extra protection, so it is important to keep up with the maintenance of your roof and to have it fixed up when necessary. Hire Built Right to enhance your roof and entire house with these five roof upgrades!
Roof ridge vents help to effectively prolong and protect a homeowner’s roof and overall structural integrity of their home from common culprits such as moisture and excessive heat. Ridge vents have become increasingly popular in recent years, for good reason. CT roof ridge vents are an effective technology that many homeowners are unaware of or relatively uninformed about. Ridge vents on your roof can provide ventilation to the attic by helping air flow between the shingles, which will cool down the attic temperature and create a cooler house overall. Soffit vents can release hot air and bring in cool air under the eaves, while gable vents can improve airflow at the roof peak.
Adding reflective shingles to your roof will reflect rays from the sun and release heat that was absorbed into the shingles, creating a cooler home and cutting down on cooling expenses (i.e. air conditioning units). These shingles come in many different styles, including wood tones and slate, to coincide with your home's aesthetic style.
Residential roofing is typically made up of a multitude of materials and surfaces with the primary task to maintain a barrier between the interior and the weather. The most pervasive and difficult weather element to control is water. Roof flashing is usually the last line of defense in the battle against water penetration. Eave flashing can prevent ice that builds on the roof, known as ice dams. Eave flashing are membranes that stick and seal around the roof fasteners to create a seal over the eaves, which keeps out water. This can help prevent the hassle and damage that ice dams can cause, and is beneficial if you have structures on your roof like skylights.
Cut down on the maintenance involved with gutters by switching your old ones for low-maintenance gutters. These gutters have a patented design with curved hoods that let the water move down while preventing leaves from entering. They provide a sleek design that is a great update over older varieties, and they keep the house cleaner with less cleaning time. You will not have to unclog the gutters or clean stains on the house from the gutters. These gutters are available in different colors to match your home.
Does your home have a fireplace? Well, in homes with a fireplace, the chimney is one of the biggest sources of air leakage, regardless of whether the fireplace is in use. During the winter, heated air in the living space tends to rise towards areas with colder temperatures. To prevent unnecessary warm air loss, you can install an airtight chimney cap. While regular chimney caps prevent rain and animals from coming into your chimney, airtight caps are on another level. Airtight caps prevent the warm air from leaving your home when you are not using your fireplace during the winter. With an airtight chimney cap, you pull a steel cable in your fireplace when you want to open the cap to make a fire, and you pull it closed when the fire has been extinguished.
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