The roof on your home is going to last for a decade or more if you have asphalt shingles that are well-maintained. The shingles are a maintenance cost that you will need to assume as a homeowner. When it is time to have a roof replacement done, you may also want to consider improvements that add to its aesthetic appearance.
1. Exposed Timber Work in Eaves
If you want to give the outside of your home decorative features, eaves are a great place to add details. When you are replacing a roof or doing repairs, you may want to consider adding features like exposed timber work. This can be done by using false rafters, which attach to the cornices on the eaves and give your home the look of exposed wood details. To continue this theme, you may want to consider doing features like false exposed beams in areas like covered porches or entrances to your home.
2. Adding Dormers and Cupolas to Add More Ventilation
Dormers are a type of architectural detail that includes windows with small roofs over them. If you have finished space in an attic, you will want to add dormers for natural light and follow egress code if you have any bedrooms. In addition to finished space, dormers can also be false architectural details, which are only used for aesthetic purposes and maybe ventilation. You can also add cupolas that help with the ventilation of attic space and keeping your home cool during the summer months due to heat convection.
3. False Hips and Gables to Give Architectural Features to Your Home
False hips and gables are another option to give your roof more architectural details. If you have a plain roof that has no details, the false roof details will give more dimension to your roof. This can be a good option if you want to do an entrance covering for your home. A small, covered area over a front door can give detail to your home and keep you dry when going into your home on a rainy day. These details also have a practical purpose by keeping rain runoff away from the foundation of your home.
The appearance of your home can be renovated with a new look when you have a roof replacement done. Contact a roofing contractor and talk with them about helping give your home more details with some of these ideas.