Energy Efficient Roof Tips
The roof faces direct sunlight every day so it is no surprise that we are looking for more ways to get an energy-efficient roof. First off, some of these tips may require approval from your HOA (Homeowner’s Association) so it is important that at any time before you begin building or replacing your roof that you check with your HOA. There is nothing worse than being told midway or sometimes later through a project that you have to stop or redo the work that you have done. The following are just a few ways that you can make your roof more energy-efficient.
1. Choose a lighter color shingle with reflective properties
This is also referred to as a “cool roof” and in fact, helps cut energy costs. This type of roof is ideal for warmer climates. Learn more about cool roof product ratings to ensure you select the product that best suits your home by clicking here.
2. Select only roofing materials that are rated for Houston
We explained in our last blog that poor attic ventilation can damage your roof, but inappropriate material can also damage the integrity of your roof. Be sure when installing a roof that you verify that it is rated for Houston’s climate. A better price can sometimes mean cheaper material that is not able to handle the Houston heat.
3. Check with your local builder’s association
Here in Houston, we have access to the Greater Houston Builders Association and their knowledgeable staff and network of both builders and associates. If you are unsure about a contractor, material, or wish to get the latest information on energy efficiency tips, visit the GHBA website here.
Many builders and remodelers around Houston are looking for more ways to be energy efficient, but when it comes to selecting the right contractor for the job look to the GHBA and the BBB for help.
Hot Attic? Attic Ventilation Might Not Be Up To Par
Battling the Houston heat can be a problem, but don’t let the sweltering heat ruin your roof. Improper ventilation in the attic can damage shingles and other roofing materials and severely shorten the lifespan of your roof. When inspecting the ventilation system in your attic here are some important things to look out for…
1. Moisture Or Mold In Attic
Poor ventilation can create a habitat for mold. Not only does this weaken the integrity of your roof, but this can get in the air that you and your family breath.
2. Buckling Or Peeling Shingles
Not only can a poorly ventilated attic cause problems indoors, but an abnormally hot attic can create problems for your roof. If you notice your shingles peeling up or buckling it might be due to poor attic ventilation.
3. Open Exhaust Ducts
This is common in the Greater Houston Area and important to correct as soon as it is spotted. Your Houston attic has enough humidity as it is that adding improperly installed bathroom vent ducts dumping in more humid air is a recipe for disaster.
If you spot any of these signs, then call your local roofer to get an estimate on roof ventilation. A cool attic is a key factor in prolonging the life of your roof.
How Often Should You Have A Roof Inspection?
Answer: At least once per year!
Whether you call an experienced professional or you climb on the roof and look at it yourself, it is important that you complete a roof inspection yearly. A thorough inspection will prolong the life of your roof and alert you to any leak or potential leak before it accumulates into a much bigger and more expensive problem. Here are a few things to look for if you are conducting the roof inspection yourself.
1. Tree Limbs Touching The Roof
Trim back any tree limbs that have become overgrown and touch the roof. The limbs can quickly scrape away at your shingles or damage tiles.
2. Clean The Gutters
Remove any debris that has built up in the gutters to allow water to quickly and easily drain from the roof. Sitting water on your roof can create major leaks and damage.
3. Look For Particles of Shingles (granules) in Gutters and Around Perimeter
If you find something that looks like this, then chances are it is time to consider a new roof.
4. Lifted or Buckled Shingles
This could be a sign of poor attic ventilation or maybe due to a bad roof installation, but if you catch it early enough it can be repaired.
These are several important items to look for when inspecting your roof that will help prolong the life of your roof. A helpful reminder is when spring cleaning, clean the house inside and outside and remember your roof. To have your roof inspected by a professional and reside within the Greater Houston Area, please call us at 281-807-9993 to schedule a free roof inspection.