Cut heating costs by fixing that old roof
A properly installed and well maintained roof tends to go unnoticed. Roofs in need of repair on the other hand stick out like a sore thumb. Ironically, many homeowners choose to put off much needed roof repairs because of the cost. What many don’t consider is that their damaged roof is already costing them money day and night anyways. With winter weather in full force around the country, homeowners with worn out roofs are seeing their energy bills skyrocket. All that money is literally being spent on heat that will simply escape out of the roof. Additionally, when the rain and snow fall, roof leaks lead to interior water damage and mold.
So if you’re one of those homeowners waiting until you can afford roof repairs, remember that you can’t afford to put it off any longer. Here are a few helpful tips for getting your roof fixed and your heating costs lowered this winter.
Noticing the problem
Though it probably already seems to you that heating costs are always going up each year, you should notice an even bigger jump in heating costs if you’ve got roofing troubles. If your energy bills seem unusually high, it’s a good indicator that your roof is in need of some repair. If you’re still unsure, pull up energy bills from previous winters and compare them.
Another indicator that your roof needs some attention is a cold draft coming through the attic space. If you have a two story home and the upstairs rooms are typically colder than downstairs, it’s a good sign that cold air is making it through your roof.
Call a roofing contractor
Many homeowners with roofing woes mistakenly believe that nothing can be done until winter has past. This is not the case. The sooner you call a roofing company and get the problem fixed, the better. If the roofing contractor you feel best about is booked, don’t settle for a less experienced contractor. You can lay a heavy tarp over the problem area or areas on your roof to keep out water temporarily until the roofing contractor you trust most can make it out to look at it.
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