While you’re in the spirit of making New Year’s resolutions, why not resolve to make some renovations or upgrades to your home in 2016? If you’ve been looking for ways to save some money in the new year, the idea of paying for renovations may not sound appealing. But the truth is that you can save money by making some strategic upgrades to your home and property. Take a look at the best money-saving renovations that you can make to your home over the coming year.
Green Up Your Roof
A green roof can save you some green all year.
If you’re due for some roofing repairs or improvements, then this might be a great time to improve your roof by making it more environmentally friendly and energy saving. Green roofing materials, like shingles that contain reflective granules that reflect the sun’s rays, can reduce your energy bills by keeping the temperature down on the top of your roof, which in turn lowers the temperature inside your home, decreasing your cooling costs.
These shingles also have a beneficial effect on the local environment. Cool roofs combat the urban heat island effect – that is, rising temperatures in a given area because of all of the buildings that absorb heat. The more cool roofs that are in place in a given area, the more the temperatures in those areas decrease.
If you’re looking for a change that’s a little more dramatic, you may want to consider putting your roof to work for you by adding solar roofing material that will convert the sun’s rays into free energy that you can use to power your home.
Solar roofing has been around for a while, but you no longer have to depend on big, clunky solar panels that disrupt the way your roof looks. Newer energy-generating sun collectors come in the form of solar shingles that can be seamlessly integrated into your roof, providing you with a new roof and a solar panel at the same time. Not only is this more attractive than traditional solar panels, it’s less expensive, and you’ll be setting yourself up for years of savings on your electric bill.
Guard Your Gutters
You can eliminate this chore with the right upgrades.
If you hate climbing a ladder to clean the leaves and debris out of your gutters after every autumn storm, gutter guards are the answer to your problem. Once installed, these guards allow the leaves and other storm debris to slide off the roof without landing in your gutters, sparing you the time and energy it takes to clean them out or the cost of paying someone else to clean them.
Gutter guards also allow water to flow freely through the gutter system, preventing any stagnant water from accumulating in your gutter system. This means that during the colder months, water won’t be as likely to freeze in your gutters and downspouts. A buildup of ice in your gutter system can damage your gutters, cause water to pool on your roof and back up underneath your shingles, leading to leaks, and can even weigh down your gutters enough to wrench them away from the roof, damaging your roof in the process. Gutter guards can help prevent expensive repairs.
Upgrading your home may seem like an extra expense, but in many cases, timely renovations will save you money in the long run. Get a free estimate to find out more. Contact us via phone at 1-800-975-6666 or use the contact form at the site.