Posted on: 25 September 2018Share
When you get a new roof installation, this is a great time to replace other materials on your roof as well. This is a good time to invest in improving all of your roof, not just the shingles. A few smart upgrades to make when replacing your roof including adding eave flashing, installing new roof ventilation, and installing an airtight chimney cap.
#1 Eave Flashing
If you live somewhere that gets snow and ice during the winter, adding an eave flashing is a smart move. An eave flashing will help protect the edges of your roof from ice dams. Eave flashing are peel and stick membranes that are placed on your roof around the edge before shingles are put in place.
Eave flashing extend about two feet onto your roof and also wrap around the roof fasteners. They work to form an airtight seal where ice dams can form on your roof. This will help protect your roof from the damage that ice dams can cause. It is a good preventative measure to have in place if you live anywhere with freezing weather and snow.
#2 Roof Ventilation
When you have a new roof installed, proper roof ventilation should always be part of the equation. A well-ventilated attic will help protect the structural integrity and life of your roof. The current ventilation in your attic should be examined to determine if more or less ventilation is needed. New attic ventilation should be installed to ensure that the build-up of heat and humidity inside of your attic will not harm your roof. Soffit vents, which are placed under the eaves of your home, or gable vents, placed near the peak of the roof, are two such type of vents that you may want to discuss with your roofing contractor.
#3 Chimney Cap
Finally, when you have your roof replaced, see if the roofing company can cap your chimney. A chimney cap will help keep birds and other pests out of your chimney during the parts of the year when you are not using your chimney. A chimney cap will also prevent debris from getting into your chimney as well. Additionally, an airtight chimney cap can also help improve the energy efficiency of your home.
When you have your roof replaced, be sure to see if installing eave flashing makes sense for your home. Have your roof ventilation system inspected and improved upon if necessary, and have an airtight chimney cap installed to keep your chimney clean and to help improve the overall energy efficiency of your home.