If you've been noticing significant fluctuations in your utility bills in the height of either winter or summer, your roof may to blame. Worn out materials that are leading to heat loss and contributing to leaks can cause warm air to escape. Up to 25 percent of your overall heat loss can come from your roof and attic area. Having a new roof and underlayment installed will help you improve your home's property value and help you keep your energy bills in check year round. Here are some upgrades from roofing services that can help you conserve energy.

Proper Insulation

Hiring a roofing contractor that looks at proper insulation techniques is important. Insulating your roof and attic with a combination of materials will help trap warm air in the winter and keep your home cool throughout the hot months. Here are some examples of insulation that can be installed in your attic:

  • Batt or rolled roofing on attic floors and walls
  • Blown-in cellulose insulation in attic walls and on attic floors
  • Spray polyurethane foam insulation in cracks and crevices throughout the attic and roof area

Your contractor can also use insulated boards to create an added barrier between your attic floor and ceiling. Keeping this space airtight helps prevent heat loss and airflow escape.

Removal Of Worn Materials

Replacing a worn out roof is more than just for aesthetic purposes. Old roofing that leaks can damage the overall structure of your home. Wood damage, drywall rot and damp carpeting can lead to mold growth and holes throughout the floors and walls of your home. This allows air to escape and causes heat loss—especially during the winter season. Your contractor may suggest having to replace more than just your roof, should any existing parts of your home's frame be damaged or destroyed.  

Tight-Fitting Seams

When you have a new roof installed, all of the gaps and uneven edges that may have occurred over time are eliminated. A properly installed roof butts up flush with the soffit and fascia of the home, creating a waterproof, airtight seal that prevents heat escape. Built-up roofing for flat or uneven areas may require foam insulation that will help create a waterproof surface that also prevents leaks and interior heat loss.

Less Stress On Your HVAC Unit

When your HVAC system is running through the compressor for cool air or the furnace for warm air, it recognizes the air temperature through the thermostat. When your home is well insulated and your roof is installed properly, your home's interior maintains its temperature better than if outside air was seeping in through cracks and crevices on the roof. The less your HVAC system runs, the less stress it is on the unit. This increases its longevity and helps keep your utility bills low.

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