When it comes to roofing jobs, it’s common for homeowners to think repairs and replacements. However, those two aren’t the only tasks that can make a difference for your roof, and ultimately your home. This roof guide will enlighten you on all other roof necessities.
Keeping your home heated or cooled, depending on the season, can end up costing you a lot over the year. Did you know that up to half of heating and cooling in homes is lost because of inadequate insulation? Properly insulating your home helps trap regulated air. Insulation can be installed in your walls, attic and floors. In doing so, there is less strain on your HVAC system and see a reduction in your heating and cooling bills.
As your attic is one of the largest sources of lost energy efficiency, adding insulation to it is also one of the best ways to address energy loss.
It’s easy to underestimate the value of properly functioning gutters. Many homeowners fail to associate problems with standing or ponding water. Both on the roof and on the ground, gutter issues can lead to many complications. Flooding or damage to the home’s foundation can occur.
Properly functioning gutters direct collected rainwater or snowmelt away from your home, protecting your walls, siding, windows, doors, and foundation from water damage. Damaged gutters, as well as clogged or blocked ones, allow water to gather instead. Over time, the collected water will eventually find a way into your home, and from there can end up undermining its structure and cause you numerous problems.
Ventilating the Attic
Proper attic ventilation is something that often ends up overlooked, potentially resulting in damage to your home. Ventilating the attic is not just about keeping fresh air cycling; rather, it’s also about preventing moisture-heavy air from being retained in the enclosed spaces of your attic.
Without a way to vent air heavy with water vapor, moisture will accumulate in your attic. Over time, this can lead to the formation of rot and mold, which will not only undermine your home’s structure, but can also pose a serious health risk to those living there.
There is also the added benefit that proper air circulation will result in a better level of overall comfort in your home. During the hot months, better circulation acts to expel heated air and reduce your need for cooling, while in the colder months it helps to expel cold, wet air that contributes to the chill.
Given what your roof does for your home, it’s only fitting that you take the time to get to know it, which will help you take better care of it. Should you wish to learn more about roofs and roofing jobs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local roofing expert.
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