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building a home addition - what you should know

When building an addition to an existing home, many things can go wrong. If you don't know what you are doing, the addition may not be structurally sound, it may leak water and the electrical system could put the entire home at risk of a fire. When I added two bedrooms to the back of my house, I thought that it was going to be an easy project that could be completed in no time. Little did I know that there is a lot of planning that goes into this type of project. This blog will show you what you need to know before you begin building an addition.


Roof Replacement Recommendations To Take Care Of Your Home And Property

The roof protection barrier is an important part of your home and keeping your property protected through the years. A poorly-installed roof or one that is aging and is beginning to fail in areas with peeling and curling shingles will need to be replaced with durable and water-resistant protection to the elements. So when it is time to arrange for a new roof installation, here are some recommendations to help you hire a roof replacement for your home and the climate you live in.

Choose the Right Roof

One of the most important factors you should look at when you are ready to install a new roof is the climate and area in which your home is located. The type of weather patterns and effects your roof experiences as a result should guide you in arranging for a new roof. For example, if you live in an area that experiences high winds from hurricanes or tornadoes, shingles that are rated for high winds with extra attachments are a must. Otherwise, your home will become exposed after the first high wind storm that pulls a few shingles from your roof.

If you live in an area of the country that has high temperatures and a great deal of sunshine most of or all the year, consider a UV reflective roofing shingle or one that is going to hold up best under the sun's constant effects. For example, an asphalt shingle that is coated in reflective particles or made of light color is a better option for your home's new roof. Clay tiles can be a bit more of an upfront investment, but they will remain on your home for decades and last through years of the sun's damaging radiation and heat. 

Install Appropriate Protection

In addition to the type of roofing shingle you use to replace onto your roof, you should also look for the right type of materials that are going to add supplemental protection to your roof. The flashing that you install around any openings on your roof should be installed properly to prevent moisture intrusion and always replaced with a new roof. The flashing around areas, such as the chimney, ventilation openings, and dormers needs to be installed securely in place. 

Another important area of your roof's protection is the layer of snow and ice barrier. This water-resistant layer should be installed over the roofing deck to seal the interior of your home against snow and ice melt that can seep down through your roof's layers. Be sure to install this along the lower edge of your roof and extend up a few feet past the outside wall of your home to protect against ice dams and their resulting damage. If you live in a northern climate, this addition is a building requirement, but some homeowners choose to install this over their entire roof for added protection. Talk to your roofing professional about adding this element, especially if you have experienced ice dams in the past.

Reach out to a local residential roofing contractor to learn more about roofing replacement.