Guest Blogger – Chris Lundahl
The rooftop of a house goes unnoticed when it looks right, but when it looks wrong it sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s the “protector” of your home; most of the time it needs to be practical, leak proof and easy to maintain. Once you have a practical, sustainable rooftop over your head, you can add design, decor, and color to create interesting style and character.
Adding style to your roof depends on the shape of your roof; so you can stand out in your street and from your neighbors’.
The simplest way to change your roof is with color. Painting your home’s exterior is the least expensive way to update its look. You want a roof paint color that fits your home’s architectural style and compliments your house.
If you have a Victorian home, painted in a four-color scheme, adding a fifth color to your rooftop is fine, but if you have a Colonial style home, it would be too much.
With so many great colors to choose from, its easy to get lost. You want something striking and classic. Painting your roof is not something you want to do often.
Going classic, like black or dark gray, will keep you in style for years to come.
Recent studies have found that white roofs reduce the effects of global warming by reflecting heat back off the house and into space. This could be the perfect option to reduce your cooling costs.
Growing a garden on a flat roof has so many added bonuses; creating an additional entertaining or relaxing zone, adding a vegetable garden, or adding decorative garden. Its free space, so enjoy!
There is nothing more attractive to a home than a beautiful well-trimmed garden, why not add that attraction to your roof? Did you know that it can triple the life expectancy of a roof membrane?
Or reduce air-conditioning stress by 25%? Garden roofs can also reduce stress and noise pollution.
With flat roofs, bird tables and plants could be added; encouraging wildlife. You can create a garden oasis that is an amazing standalone feature or hide it from view.
Flat roofs have gained a lot of popularity over the past few years due to their posh looks and minimalistic design. These rooftops can easily be transformed into a terrace.
A terrace on top of your home is a wonderful space that serves as a leisure area for parties or dinners.
If you don’t have a flat roof, you can adjust a sloping roof by building an external wall or cutting into the roof.
Whether you choose to use your terrace for entertaining, gardening or a private hideaway to get some sun, a roof terrace can increase the value of your home by at least 10%.
You can gain 30% more light inside your home when adding a skylight. It effects the external look of your home as well as the inside. There are lots of different designs, like this walkable skylight, that you can also integrate with your rooftop. It worth researching to see which one suits you and your home.
Before, skylight installations were based on the slope of your roof, now skylights are available for all types of roofs.
Skylights can come in various types of designs, allowing you to personalize your roof even more.
To add character, natural light, space and design to your home use a dormer, often called window eyebrows; they are like little houses built outside your windows.
The doghouse dormer, eyebrow dormer and the shed dormer are just a few dormer designs that can add class to your home. Not only do they look great, but they add that extra space inside your home.
They can add a lot of character to a featureless home, with unique and stylish roof line.
These rooftop ideas might cost a bit more, but they add value to your home, which in the long run means a good investment. By investing a bit more into your roof you will add some authenticity to your home and good use to a big open space.
Chris is a home improvement writer working for Arizona Roofing Systems, Mesa. He promotes sustainable living, green roofing and solar energy use.