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7 Roof Upgrades to Improve Your Home’s Health

Roof Upgrades to Improve Your Home’s Health


The roof of a home performs an important job. it safeguards the interior of the house and absorbs the brunt of snow, rain, hail, sleet, and sunlight exposure. Roofs are often the least-appreciated element of your home because they’re not the first thing you notice every day. Usually, a home’s renovation and maintenance are focused on areas that are visible, however, paying to upgrade your roof’s condition and making appropriate improvements can enhance your home’s curb appeal, performance as well as well-being.

These seven roof improvements will boost the health of your home and comfort for the people who live there:

1. Improve The roof ventilation

There are probably vents for your roof that protrude from its surface and it’s a surprise that most people don’t know how crucial roof ventilation is for the health of their home. When it gets sunny the air is hot and the sun blazes over the roof’s surface making the attic of the home hotter than other areas. If this heat gets trapped in the attic it will raise cooling costs. It also allows the accumulation of moisture that can cause the development of mildew and mold and as time passes, these organisms can really do a number on your roof.

A better ventilation system for the roof could lead to lower bills to cool your home and prevent the damage caused by excessive water buildup, as well as freezing that can happen when the snow melts too fast off the top of the roofs (due to heat accumulation inside the attic).

2. Replace the Old Soffit and Fascia

The soffit is probably not the first thing anyone would consider when an upgrade for a roof arises. However, in reality, it’s one place that isn’t always noticeable yet has its way of making your home appear more stylish and more appealing in appearance. It can also boost the overall health of your home.

Soffits and facia come in a variety of colors and materials which include composite, metal, and wood. You could even enhance your living space by choosing a hue that is a perfect match for your house and can be a design element by itself.

It’s important to know that these products aren’t just for aesthetics. A fascia is a vertical panel that is located on the roofline, it helps support the gutters and shingles, and assists in the drainage of water. The soffit can also aid in the drainage of water and also helps with airflow to minimize the buildup of moisture. This helps prevent the growth of mildew and mold, especially on cedar roof shakes, and improves the health of your home.

3. Upgrade to High-Quality Energy-Efficient Materials

One of the most important aspects to take into consideration when replacing the roof’s material is its original quality.  If the roof you originally had was cedar shakes, asphalt shingles, slate tiles, or barrel tiles, changing to a more energy-efficient roofing material can benefit the condition of your home.

The thing is, even good-quality roofing materials still need proper maintenance. One way to stay on top of your roof maintenance game is by hiring professionals for roof cleaning services.

4. Improve the Insulation of Your Roof

Roofs provide great insulation prop and when they are properly installed, they can help save cash on cooling and heating costs. It is estimated by the EPA that insulation could help homeowners save around 15 percent on cooling and heating costs. This means that improving and upgrading your roof’s insulation could contribute to lower energy costs.

5. Find the Balance Between Insulation And Ventilation

The proper balance between insulation and ventilation is essential to have an efficient house and roof. Insufficient ventilation on the roof results in higher heating costs due to hot air being pushed out of the vents. Likewise, insufficient ventilation leads to hot air getting stored in the attic which can in turn increase cooling costs, and the chances for moisture to build up, which could allow mold and mildew to flourish.

Incorrect insulation can pose the same risks. A home that is not properly well-insulated could retain moisture and heat while homes that are less insulated will result in greater cooling and heating cost. Making sure your roof is in the right balance is worthwhile to protect the condition of your home.

6. Create a Rooftop Deck

One of the most popular roof upgrades that homeowners are choosing to improve their home’s health is the addition of a rooftop deck. Not only does this upgrade provide a beautiful outdoor space to entertain guests or relax, but it also provides additional insulation and ventilation to your home.

A rooftop deck can be constructed using a variety of materials, such as wood, composite, or even metal, and can be customized to fit the aesthetic of your home. Additionally, a rooftop deck can help to reduce the amount of heat that enters your home, which can help to lower your energy bills and increase the overall comfort of your home. Overall, a rooftop deck is a great way to improve your home’s health and increase your living space at the same time.

7. Install New Gutters

Gutters are a major part of a roof updating job; however, they are often overlooked in the process of repairs and maintenance. Making sure that the gutters get a thorough cleaning can be a roof improvement in and of itself but you also have the option of upgrading your gutters. This is a low-maintenance option that can deflect leaves while permitting water to drain off the roof to the ground. This prevents water from storing on your roof, which can lead to organism growth.

Benefits Homeowners can get From Roof Upgrades

      • Protection of the interior and structure of the house from weather and outside elements.

      • Increased energy efficiency, resulting in lower utility bills.

      • Improved curb appeal and overall aesthetic of the home.

      • A better lifespan of the roof, potentially avoiding costly repairs or replacement.

      • You can add to the value of your home if done prior to selling.

      • Increased safety and security of the home.

      • Protection of personal belongings and valuables inside the house.

      • Can help to prevent leaks, mold, and other water damage.

      • It can also help improve the ventilation and insulation of the home.

    FAQ About Roof Upgrades

    How much does a new roof cost?

    A new roof requires more than just removing shingles and nailing down new ones. The cost of a roofing system includes coverings, attachments, and all structural components. Nationally, new roof systems cost between $8,000 and $21,500, for an average cost of $14,500.

    What factors do I need to consider when choosing roofing materials?

    Wouldn’t it be nice if choosing roofing materials was as easy as selecting the next paint color for your kitchen? Don’t be the homeowner who makes the mistake of selecting materials based on aesthetics alone. Consider maintenance, humidity, and an array of other important factors when making your decision to ensure you have a functional and eye-pleasing new roof that will last the longest.

    Your Upgraded Roof Will Still Need Maintenance

    Having your roof upgraded on your home is a great way to increase its value and make it look beautiful. However, even with an upgraded roof, maintenance is still important, this cannot be stressed enough. Cleaning your roof regularly can help reduce wear and tear and increase its lifespan. If you have cedar shake roofs, they should be cleaned every few years in order to keep them looking their best.

    When it comes time to maintain your new roof, it’s always best to hire a professional for the job. Professionals will know what needs to be done in order to keep your roof looking great and lasting for many years. Regular maintenance of your new roof will help ensure that you get the most from it and extend its life significantly. Contact Bruce Sullivan today.

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    What can I say? Bruce and Keith provided an exceptional service, and they are really nice guys too. Found out at the last minute they were in Minneapolis, and they fit me in for a cedar shake roof cleaning the next evening after their regular job was done. Even cleaned up my gutters, small fence, and small deck at no charge. The place looks outstanding! Highly recommended.

    Mike Richards

    I highly recommend this business. Due to the work performed we are going to get another 10-14 years out of our cedar shake roof. We were told by some roofing companies that the roof should be replaced in 2 years. I lucked out and found Sullivan Roof Cleaning while researching companies that perform this service, and was pleased to learn that the company does work outside of Iowa. If you need your cedar shakes cleaned, go with Sullivan Roof Cleaning.

    Eric Oelrich, 
    St Cloud, MN

    Bruce did a great job cleaning the whole exterior of my house. The roof has new life! It looks practically brand new. All the mold and moss on the roof, on the gutters, under the eaves, completely gone. He exceeded all our expectations. When he tells you what he can do for your house, you can believe and trust him. Great guy, great service.

    Stuart Malone
    Kansas City, MO


    Cedar shakes are organic. Though a resilient material. Being organic they need to be maintained. Over time, like any organic material that are subjected to weather elements, they reach a stage of deterioration. Like UV exposure, moisture and seasonal changes. Which results in moss, mold, mildew, lichen and brown rot fungi. These infestations need to be removed to further preserve the integrity of the cedar shake.
    The proper way to clean a cedar shake roof is from a ladder. By spraying a special formulated solution onto the shakes and then rinsed with a garden hose pressure. Best done by a professional cedar shake roof cleaner. Not DIY recommended.
    No. Pressure washer will require walking on the shakes, which will harm them, and even at its lowest setting will also damage the shakes.
    On average, cedar shakes should be cleaned every 10 ten years. Subjective to the grade of the shakes and the amount of surrounding tree cover.
    Avoiding walking on a cedar shake roof, other than for repairs.
    Never seal a cedar shake roof. Cedar shakes need to breathe. They expand and contract in rain conditions. Seal will shorten the lifespan, to the point of premature replacement.
    Staining has no real preserve value and can also harm the integrity of shakes, as stated, they need to be able to breathe. Also, if the shakes are not properly cleaned staining can seal the deteriorating infestation within the shakes.
    Depending on the grade of the shakes and installation, and if maintained properly, 40 to 60 years.


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