Flaws in your roofing system can cause energy loss and inefficiency. Next to leaky windows and doors, roofing is one of the main culprits of energy loss in the average U.S. home. Do you need a roof replacement? Here are a few signs your roof may be wasting energy:
• Your Heating and Cooling Systems Are Running Excessively
If your HVAC system is running constantly, you could be losing energy from a flaw in your roofing system. Improper ventilation may be the culprit. Heat builds up if you have a poorly ventilated roof, causing your air conditioner to work harder to compensate for the extra heat. Poorly ventilated roofs also allow moisture to collect, condense, and freeze when temperatures drop. This contributes to the formation of damaging ice dams and leaks.
• You Have Old Shingles
Shingles have come a long way over the years, and improvements in their design have helped to improve energy efficiency. If you have old shingles, your home is retaining more solar heat from the sun, which causes the temperature inside your attic to rise. Consider replacing your roofing material to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
• Your Utility Bills Higher Than They Used to Be
More often than not, problems with your roofing system will get worse with time. That’s why utility bills that steadily rise may be a sign that your roof is wasting energy. Drafty areas are another sign that your roof is adding to your energy costs. While leaky windows and doors also cause drafts, drafts that manifest themselves near attic entrances are likely caused by a roofing or attic insulation problem.
Fortress Roofing in Salt Lake City is your go-to roofing company for replacement shingles and reroofing services. Take advantage of our expert services and ongoing sales to make your home more energy efficient. Give us a call at (801) 205-6100 to ask about our free estimates.