Cape Cod homes were really popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Shaped like simple boxes with a full first floor and a low second floor built into the attic space, these homes were quaint, easy to build, and a good choice for small families. However, there are some unique considerations that come with the design, especially in terms of the roof. If you own a Cape Cod home and are in need of a new roof, here are a few tips to follow.
1. Get several estimates.
It's always a good idea to get several estimates when roofing a home. But this is even more important when it comes to a Cape Cod home. The roofs on these homes are really steep, which means that putting the shingles in place is more work and requires the roofers to wear harnesses and install some scaffolding. Some roofing companies may be better equipped to work on really steep roofs than others, resulting in lower costs. It really pays to get a few estimates so you don't end up overpaying.
2. Choose a light color.
One downfall to Cape Cod homes is that the top floor tends to get really hot in the summer. This is somewhat inevitable since the second floor is built where the attic would otherwise be. Choosing a light-colored roof can help keep the top floor cooler. The lighter colored roofing material will reflect more sunlight rather than absorbing it. This will help keep your air conditioning bills lower.
3. Make sure the proper vents are installed.
The small attic space in a Cape Cod home can get really warm, and that warmth can pass through into your home. Making sure the roof is well-ventilated will help keep the space cooler. Talk to your roofing contractor about the vents before they start working. Ask if your roof currently has enough vents, and if the contractor feels it does not, request that they add a few more.
4. Go with high-quality shingles.
Because the roof on a Cape Cod home is so steep, you won't typically be able to replace any damaged shingles yourself. You will have to hire a contractor even for simple repairs. To reduce the need for repairs, you will want to choose really high-quality shingles. At the very least, choose a 30-year architectural shingle. A 50-year shingle is even better if you can afford to pay a little more.
To learn more, contact a roofing company.