Last updated 5 years ago
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.
Last updated 5 years ago
To get advice on what to do if you find a roofing problem in your home visit the links below! Call Fortress Roofing in Salt Lake City at (801) 205-6100 to learn more about our roofing services.
On this page, you can learn how to tell when it is time to replace your roof or when you simply need repairs.
Check out this page on ThisOldHouse.com to explore several different shapes and styles of roofing.
This article on Dummies.com can help you understand how to locate the origin of a roof leak.
Visit AskTheBuilder.com to understand why keeping an eye out for leaks and water damage is an important part of roofing maintenance.
Visit this slideshow from FrontDoor.com to see how keeping your roof in good repair can add value to your home.
Head to this page for some tips that can help you perform your own roofing inspection.
Last updated 5 years ago
A solid roof provides your home with curb appeal as well as protection from the elements. Replacing an old, worn out, or damaged roof with a new roofing system is well worth the investment, and by doing so, you maximize the value of your home in case you ever want to resell:
• Structural Integrity
Many factors contribute to your home value, but the biggest and most important is structural integrity. Wood flooring and replacement windows take a backseat to whether or not the home is safe and stable. A new roof ensures that you won’t have to worry about water intrusion, or, in a worst case scenario, possible collapse.
If you’ve ever driven past a home whose roof looked worse for wear, you know how much it can affect the overall appeal of a home. The roof makes up a considerable portion of a home’s exterior, and, in addition to the peace of mind provided by a structurally sound new roof, the clean rows of shiny shingles will enhance curb appeal by complementing your siding and windows.
• Selling Point
Knowing that they won’t have to replace or repair the roof for quite a while is a huge incentive for home buyers. You increase your odds of quickly selling your home when you can point to your new roof and transferable warranty. In a flooded market, anything that places your home ahead of the pack is an advantage.
Get the most out of your home by installing a new roof. For your residential or commercial building, call Fortress Roofing at (801) 205-6100 to schedule a free estimate with one of our expert technicians. We’ve been providing high-quality roofing systems to over thousands of homes and businesses in the Salt Lake City area since 1992.
Last updated 6 years ago
When adding a new roof to your home, you might take into consideration aesthetic appeal, insulation properties, and waterproofing capabilities. However, you may unfortunately forget about the importance of ventilation. Proper roof ventilation is the least understood aspect of a healthy home, but it is vitally important. Besides broiling or freezing attic air, the use of home appliances can wreak havoc on an unventilated roof. Proper roof ventilation will prevent:
Running household appliances like dishwashers and dryers introduce moisture into your home’s air that naturally rises to the attic. Without proper ventilation, the water vapor will condense and anything metal inside the attic will rust, decreasing the integrity of your wooden roof deck. It will also create an environment for molds, spores, and fungi, all of which present health hazards throughout the home.
• Heat Buildup
If you’ve ever been up in an attic, you know that it can get sweltering during the summer. Without ventilation, heat builds up and has nowhere else to go but down into your home, forcing your cooling system to work harder. Heat buildup is also damaging to roofing materials, reducing your roof’s lifespan and undermining its integrity.
• Ice Dams
Ice dams, or the formation of ice on the edge of your roof, can do significant damage to your roofing system. Ice dams are formed when unventilated hot attic air melts snow at the roof’s highest point. This melted snow then runs down and refreezes along the roof’s overhangs. More and more water becomes trapped this way, building a dam that breaks through under your roof’s shingles and underlayment, eventually causing leaks.
If your energy bills have skyrocketed and you’re not sure why, it’s best to have a roofing contractor come out and assess whether your roof is properly ventilated. If you live in the Salt Lake City area, call Fortress Roofing at (801) 205-6100 to talk to one of our roofing experts. Whether residential or commercial, we provide the best in high-quality roofing service.
Last updated 6 years ago
A properly functioning roofing system protects your home from the rain, snow, and sleet that would otherwise run amok in your home’s interior structure. Your roof has multiple layers of protection, but over time, they can become compromised and leaks can occur.
If you think a water spot or two on your ceiling is the extent of the water damage from a leaking roof, think again. Watch this video to see just how disastrous a leak can be for your home. You’ll be surprised how far water can travel and where it will end up.
Prevent costly repairs resulting from a leaking roof by ensuring that yours is working properly. Call Fortress Roofing in Salt Lake City at (801) 205-6100 to have one of our experts come out and assess your roofing system. We offer free estimates and quality service.