How Roof Ventilation Can Save You Money

As we all know these days saving money is more important than ever. One way in which to do so that you may not have already considered is through ensuring that you take the proper measures to protect your roof and attic space.

For example, an asphalt shingle roof can cause your attic to retain a great deal of heat, particularly in the height of the summer months. When a roof is exposed to the sun for a significant period of time it can cause a poorly ventilated attic to reach extreme temperatures. After a while this heat will begin to radiate into the house and you will begin to feel the temperature of the home becoming unusually warm. In turn this will lead to a greater consumption of energy as your air conditioner begins to work harder in order to maintain a pleasant air temperature.

The key to lowering your energy bill revolves around keeping the air in the attic as cool as possible and there are a few ways in which to do this effectively. The ideal option is to improve the ventilation in the attic to ensure that the warm air is able to escape and fresh air can be drawn in. Don’t attempt to do this yourself, as it really requires the assistance of a professional roofer who knows exactly where vents should be placed to be most beneficial.

Increasing the thickness of your roof insulation can also help to reduce electricity consumption through making it harder for the heat to radiate through into the main home. If you are considering a residential roof replacement, take into account materials that will most effectively reflect the sun such as metal or lighter colored shingles.

What’s In a Roofing Warranty

When you are obtaining proposals for your residential roof replacement, you will find that there are two separate warranties that will cover the new roof.  The first warranty is the one offered by the shingle manufacturer and will cover the new shingles against manufacturing defects.  The second warranty is the one offered by the roofing contractor and covers the workmanship.

The manufacturer’s warranty is a good way to make sure you are comparing similar quality shingles.  Shingles carrying a 25 year warranty may or may not actually last that long depending on the installation, climate, and maintenance but generally speaking, 25 year shingles from two different manufacturers will be of similar quality.

The roofing contractor’s warranty is a good way to compare contractors.  A roofing contractor who is in it for the long run cares about the quality of their craftsmanship and when it comes to an asphalt shingle roof, the quality of the craftsman ship matters a lot.  No matter how good the shingles are, a poorly installed asphalt shingle roof will fail much sooner than a roof installed using good roofing practices.

The length and scope of a roofing contractor’s warranty is a good indication of the confidence the contractor has in their craftsmanship.  If a roofing contractor is only willing to offer a short, limited warranty, you have every right to suspect that the contractor anticipates problems down the road.  On the other hand, when a roofing contractor offers a long warranty and has a reputation for honoring their warranty work, it’s a sign that they are confident in their work and that they care about maintaining their reputation.

Keep in mind that this really only applies to roofing contractors with permanent local offices.  No matter how good the warranty offered by an out of state contractor, once they leave town it will be difficult to get them to come back and take care of any problems.