It might be hard to believe but it’s possible your roof is actually costing you money. As a roof gets older, and the longer it goes without maintenance, problems arise and efficiency decreases. Let’s look at ways to improve efficiency, save you money and help you decide if it’s time to repair or replace your old roof.
How it Costs You
If you’ve noticed an increase in utilities over time it could be an indicator your roof is not efficient anymore. In the summer, a darker color roof absorbs sunlight and could be taxing on your A/C functionality. In the winter, an older roof could be letting heat escape. Not only will it cost you in bills but it is likely shortening the lifetime of your HVAC unit as well which can be costly to replace or repair.
The cost will only go up if you don’t perform maintenance or repairs. Neglecting to make any changes can lead to a total replacement where originally only a simple repair was needed.
Is There an Attic?
An attic is one of the biggest sources of heat loss and plays a big role in roof health. It’s all part of one system, from the attic to the gutters to maintain a healthy roof and efficient home. Check the insulation in the attic areas, look for damage or wear and replace or upgrade the insulation for better heat and air retention.
One Cool Roof
There is such thing as a cool roof! Using materials that reflect sunlight, lighter colors or coatings can help your roof keep cold air in and hot air out. It’s important to know your climate! Certain roofing materials are better suited for different temperatures, weather, and seasonal changes.
Repair or Replace?
How do you know when it’s time to call in the experts? If you can visually tell your roof is damaged, curling, buckling, splitting, blistering, covered in moss or major debris it’s time to call someone.
But it isn’t always so easy to spot. There are indoor indicators as well. If you’re noticing mold, ceiling spots, sagging, and gaps around the chimney these can be indicators of a roof in need of repair or replacement.
In general, if you’re questioning the state of your roof or gutters, the safest answer is to call! Basic maintenance, repairs or even a replacement roof is the cheapest and most efficient way to keep your roof healthy and your repair costs low.
Earnest Roofing specializes in both residential and commercial roofing, equipped with experienced roofers who can help you determine the best method to preserve your roof. If you find any signs that indicate you need roof repair or a complete replacement, contact Earnest Roofing.