Roofers are able to do a lot of amazing things with roofs these days. It is not just about building roofs and installing new roofs anymore. Tools and engineering have made it possible to change your roof in a multitude of ways. If you are about to embark on a new roof project, consider requesting a little custom carpentry from your roofing contractor.
Raise the Roof-Literally!
When your contractor removes the old roof, elevate what you have to new heights. Request that the new roof is elevated anywhere from two to twenty feet! This gives the ceilings greater height in your home, provides extensive attic space, and/or allows you to create a third livable level in your home. Whatever you are shooting for, the roofer and carpenter can do it.
Add Dormer Windows, Skylights, Etc.
You are raising the roof, so why not add more light, more gables, more skylights, or anything more of what you really want in the roof of your home? The roofer/carpenter can redesign the roof you have to be the roof you have always wanted. Now is the time to do it, because once those shingles are on, or that metal roof is installed, you cannot go back without ripping the whole roof off again.
Add Decks, Balconies, Flood Escape Hatches in the Roof, and/or Fire Escapes
You have probably seen pictures in home improvement magazines where other homeowners added a complete sundeck off of the back of the house. Well, your custom carpentry and roofing expert could do that. He or she could also add balconies with French doors off of a master bedroom under the roof, or build on fire escapes and flood escape portals in your attic if you want them. Get creative and ask for these things now, so that your contractor(s) can provide you with a more accurate estimate of your "dream roof."
Ask Your Contractor for a Portfolio of Custom Carpentry Work
If you want more than just the above ideas, ask your contractor for pictures of all of the custom roofing and carpentry work he/she has done. You may just find something really extraordinary that you want to add to your own roof. Work out a detailed plan of action and a timeline with your contractor if the changes you want are a little more complex than the old roof you currently have. Expect custom work to take a little longer, too.
Contact a company like A&W Custom Carpentry and Roofing for more information and assistance.