If it's time to replace the asphalt shingles on your roof again, you may feel like you just got the job done. But it's a good idea to make adjustments to the roof if the old asphalt shingles look plain and could be updated with alternatives to renovating the look of your home. These three tips can help you change the look of your home and add to your home investment.
1. Changing the Simple A-Frame Roof Design to Have More Details
The most common type of roof design is an A-frame structure. This is simply a ridge that has gable ends at eith er end of it. There are simple variations in the footprint of a building is not a perfect rectangle or square shape. If your roof has simple A-frame structures, you may want to improve it with features like hips and architectural details like dormer windows (also called doghouses), which can be functional windows in attic space or for a finished area beneath the roof.
2. Adding More Outdoor Cover to Your Home for Gathering Spaces and More
Next, add covered spaces like a covered porch or patio enclosure during the remodeling process. These improvements can go even further by extending certain areas of your roof to keep you dry when you come through the front door or adding to the overhang to protect your foundation from damage caused by runoff.
3. Using Premium Asphalt Shingle Alternatives to Give Your New Roof an Attractive Appearance
Today, there are also many alternatives to the conventional asphalt shingles that you have installed on your roof. These materials can include synthetic roofing tiles that are made of recycled rubber and plastic waste or they can be natural wood materials. In addition, metal roofing is also a great option for a durable alternative when you are replacing existing asphalt shingles.
4. Remodeling to Allow Heavier Roofing Materials to Be Installed on The Roof of Your Home
The premium materials that weight much more than asphalt shingles, like clay tiles and slate, will need to have a heavier structure to support them. Therefore, you will want to talk with the roofing service about roof loads and the type of support that these materials are going to need. This can be a good investment if you want to remodel your home with a Western design and Spanish-style tile roof.
These are some tips that will help you get started with the improvements to make over your home when replacing the roof. If you are ready to give your home a makeover and it needs a new roof, contact a roofing contractor and start planning some of these improvements.