2 Ways to Give Your Roof a Little Sparkle

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When you need to sell your home, curb appeal matters. To make a good impression with potential buyers, you might focus on shining your windows or fixing up those flowerbeds. Unfortunately, those elements pale in comparison to the impact your roof can have. Believe it or not, your roof accounts for as much as 40% of your home's visible exterior, which is why it is important to make it look nice. Here are two ways to give your roof a little extra edge so that your place can stand out:

1: Add a Chimney Cap

Wouldn't it be nice if your home looked like an upscale estate? If you want to make your home feel like a nostalgic French chateau, you should consider adding a chimney cap. Although people typically assume that chimney caps are largely decorative, they actually serve these functional purposes: 

  • Keep Nature Outside: Some chimney caps are fitted with screens to keep birds, squirrels, and mice outside. In addition to potentially reducing your pest control bill, these screens can also keep falling leaves and large hailstones from making their way indoors. 
  • Protect Roofing Materials: Believe it or not, about 95% of home leaks are caused by faulty roof flashing around foreign elements like chimneys. However, since chimney caps shield both the inside and the outside of the flues, water might not have the chance to drip down the sides of your chimney. In addition to keeping your home dry, shielding your flashing might also protect roofing materials like shingles and underlying wooden trusses.
  • Reduce Drafts: To keep your home a steady temperature, some chimney caps contain effective internal dampers to reduce drafts.

To top it off, chimney caps are available in a huge range of materials, shapes, sizes, and designs. For example, you might decide to install a bright copper chimney cap to complement your home's warm earth tones, or an oil-rubbed bronze version to give a little dimension to your lightly colored house. In addition to giving your roof a little color, chimney caps can also transform your home's skyline. When visitors pull up to your house, they might see an ornate outline, as opposed to traditional slants and rectangular chimneys.     

2: Install a Custom Weathervane

Back in the good old days, folks didn't have access to accurate online weather reports. Instead, farmers and homeowners alike installed weathervanes along their roofline to warn them of swift incoming weather. If you are looking for a way to infuse your home with a little old-world charm, you should consider adding a weathervane of your own.

Weathervanes are a great way to make your roofline glisten in the sun. These days, you can even order custom weathervanes to suit your home's design aesthetic. Here are a few decorative elements you might be able to incorporate to make your roof truly special:

  • Pay Homage to the Area: You decorated your lot with indigenous plants, so why wouldn't you pay homage to that nearby forest? Consider incorporating local themes into your weathervane design, such as famous landmarks, local wildlife, or nature themes. For example, if you live on a waterfront property, you might shop for a weathervane with a nautical theme like an anchor or a sailboat.  
  • House Numbers: If your house number is difficult to see from the street, consider making it more visible by adding it to your custom weathervane. In addition to making it easier for delivery services to find your house, your weathervane will become a permanent fixture that any future homebuyer could appreciate. 

If you are worried about that custom weathervane deteriorating, you shouldn't be. Since weathervanes are commonly crafted from corrosion resistant materials like copper, you won't have to worry about that ornate sculpture rusting, fading, or breaking.

By upgrading your roof, you might be able to help buyers to remember your beautiful, unique home. If you are concerned about installing decorative roof elements on your own, contact a professional roofing company for help. In addition to installing chimney caps and weathervanes in a way that won't harm your shingles, roofing contractors also have the equipment to do the job safely.

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