Roofing your home isn’t the most glamorous of all home improvement. You will find that rarely mentions the roof. Unlike decks, kitchens, and bathrooms, the roof isn’t exactly something you would invite your friends to admire. However, board and batten siding offers some attractive variants for the homeowner looking to reduce maintenance and unnecessary costs for years to come. Here are some roof improvements to consider when moving into your home.
Install An Airtight Chimney Lid
Unlike masonry and chimneys, which are designed to keep rain and birds and other living things out of your chimney, airtight chimneys are about conserving energy. When your fireplace is not in use, warm air from your house flows out of the chimney in cold weather. The flap in your fire box only slightly prevents this as it is not airtight. Ask your roofer about installing an airtight chimney while the roof is being worked on. These units are spring loaded. To open the fireplace, simply pull on a steel cable attached to a bracket in your fireplace. After your fire is extinguished, tighten it. An airtight cap has the added benefit of preventing animals from nesting in your chimney.
Install Eaves Flashing
If you’ve ever been damaged by an ice dam, you may want to invest a little more in the board and batten siding to install eaves. These peel and glue membranes are applied to a depth of 2 feet within the outer wall level prior to peeling. The membranes seal themselves around roof fixings, forming a watertight seal over the eaves, which is the part of the roof most susceptible to ice dams. Bituminous eaves lightning can also be specified for other endangered roof areas.