How much can a new roof really save your home in heating costs this winter?
A roof is one of those things that often gets overlooked until there’s a big problem. However, there may be issues with your roof that you aren’t even aware of long before it springs a leak or shingles blow off in the wind.
Your home’s roof is what helps insulate and keeps warm air within your home during winter months. An inefficient roof, or a roof that was installed incorrectly, can cost you thousands more in heating costs during the winter months. Continue reading our industry blog highlighting how your roof can help you save.
Basics of How Your Roof effects the Temperature of Your Home
Depending on several factors, your roof impacts the amount of heat that’s either absorbed into your home or not. For example, the color of your roof, the material it is made of, and whether or not it contains certain newer technologies will all impact how hot or cool it is keeping your home. For example, a darker roof will absorb more heat than a lighter-colored roof.
Problems with Inefficient Roofs
If your roof is not helping you keep your home warm in the winter, this will lead to more energy consumption. More consumption means more wear on your heating solution, which leads to more repairs of that system as well. Not only will you be spending more on your heating solution utility bill, but you’ll also end up spending more on that system overall.
How do I know if there is a problem with my roof?
In general, you should expect to replace your roof every 20 to 30 years. If it is within that range (or over), a new roof can certainly help you save on your heating costs.
If timing does not make the decision obvious, then the best way to tell if your roof could be contributing to your climbing heating bill is to compare your usage year over year. Most utility companies store previous bills online, so it should be easy for you to see. While electric costs go up over time, your usage should remain relatively the same – unless, of course, you experienced a change in your household that would make a significant difference.
If you see a major difference in usage year after year, then you should definitely consider having your roof inspected to see if it could be the issue.