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How to Make a Roof More Energy Efficient to Cut Heating Cost

by Teddy Lopez
(Virginia, USA)

Roofing is one of the most common places where people go wrong when trying to cut down on their energy costs and try to save money. The main reason is that most people do not realize, your roof will leak a lot of air and let a lot of cold air in if it is not properly ventilated or if there are any cracks or leaks.

Check for Cracks and Leaks

Don’t just do a simple once over and scan it with your eyes, but get up on your roof and check every single inch of the place for cracks and leaks. People end up paying hundreds more on their energy bills because of substantial leaks or a faulty roof.

Run your finger along the corners of the roof (from under the roof in your attic if you have one) and try to find any signs of leaking or try to feel for air coming in. If you have a leak, there are quite a few cost effective ways to fix it. You can call a professional or do it yourself if you have the proper tools and time to do so.

Consider Replacing Your Roof

If you have had your roof for a long or you have a roof that is not Energy Star efficient, then you might want to consider replacing all of your shingles, which is essentially like buying a new roof. Sure, while the cost might be substantially high, you have to think about how muchmoney you will save in the long run when your energy bills go down and there is no air leaking into your home.

There is also metal and aluminum roofing for people who experience harsh weather or live in a location where there is storms constantly that could be damaging to standard shingles. In addition, if you obtain Energy Star efficient roofing, you only have to replace the material once every 50 years as opposed to regular non-recyclable shingles that are replaced every 15.

Prepare For Winter

What you are going to want to do here is, line up the top of your roof where the corners are or where potential leaks might occur and use either caulk it or fill it with padding. This will ensure that not only is the heat kept inside your house during the long winter season but it will substantially cut on your heating bill as well. Heat rises and if your roof has a lot of openings or leaks, then a lot of that heat is going straight out those leaks, which in turn causes you to pay far more on your heating bill than anticipated.

Call a Professional

If you are not absolutely sure about what you should do or if your roofing needs any improvement, then you should call in a professional who can not only inspect your roof, your attic or on top of your roof but can more than likely install it for you as well. It is better to be safe than sorry, even if it does cost a substantial amount.

Author Bio: Teddy Lopez is a team member for Roofer 911 one of the top roofers in the state of Virginia.

Updated: March 6, 2014 — 9:48 pm

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