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Tighten the Envelope for Winter Roof Efficiency

Tighten the Envelope for Winter Roof EfficiencyTightening your building envelope means you’ll need to close up gaps, beef up insulation, and otherwise shore up your home’s defenses against the outside environment. Your home’s building envelope consists of anything that keeps the inside in and the outside out. The more insulated and less drafty your home’s components are, the better your envelope is.

As you can imagine, your roof and attic are a large part of your home’s building envelope. In summer, you have to consider how to keep out the sun’s excess heat, but in winter, keeping in your heated air is the big issue. Here are some ideas on how you can upgrade, improve, and supplement your roof and attic with this in mind.

Choose the Right Color for Your New Roof

Different colors of roofOne of the first decisions you need to make when selecting a new roof is the color. Your color decision can be used to guide all other decisions, including which shingle material to use. There is no exact science to roof color selection, but there are a variety of different considerations to keep in mind so that you pick a color you can live with.

Color Balance
You can begin narrowing down your color choices right away by realistically assessing the options in contrast to the dominant colors on the rest of your home.

Tips to Extend the Life of Your Roof

How long your roof will last depends on the material it’s made out of. The National Association of Home Builders says to expect roofs with asphalt shingles to need replacement after a life expectancy of up to 20 years. Fiber cement shingles will last about 25 years, and slate, copper, and concrete roofs have the longest life expectancy at around 50 years.

No matter what material your roof is made of, however, if you don’t take proper care of your roof you’ll likely end up needing major repairs or a full replacement before it reaches its full lifespan. Here are a few roof maintenance tips to help you avoid this scenario.

3 FAQ About Your Roof and Your Homeowners Insurance

House in Winter Your roof is perhaps the most important part of your house. Your house, its contents, and the people who reside in it all need the roof for protection. As important as the roof is, most homeowners don’t think much about it unless something goes wrong.

When something does go wrong, homeowners are often surprised to learn the homeowners insurance policy they have paid faithfully for years may not cover them. Here are three commonly asked questions about your roof and your property insurance.

3 Things to Do This Fall to Get Your Roof Ready for Winter

House in Winter Once the leaves start to fall outside, you can be sure that winter will be here before we know it. In addition to the preparation you do on the inside of your house to make sure it’s ready for colder temperatures, one of the best things you can do as a homeowner is to inspect your roof as well.

The last thing you would do as a parent is send your child out in the cold with a coat that has holes in it. And your roof is like a winter coat for your house. When your roof is in great shape, it keeps you and your family warm and shielded from the snow all winter long. Let’s take a closer look at three specific ways you can prepare your roof for the winter.

5 Causes of Roof Damage That Aren’t Tied to Bad Weather

roofing - Roof Damage

Although bad weather events such as hailstorms and windstorms are common causes of roof leaks, that doesn’t mean your roof can’t develop damage even on a sunny day that will then show up at the next rainfall. Here’s how your roof can become damaged without any hostile weather events.

1. Pests

Squirrels may be cute, but they can also be quite rascally. If squirrels manage to access your roof, they could chew and claw at any of your roof components and potentially cause considerable damage. For example, when looking for shelter, a squirrel could chew its way through your roof and into your attic.

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