Homeowners want to efficiently keep their homes warm or cool, depending on the season. One thing that frequently doesn't come to mind is the roof.
A roof plays a significant role in maintaining optimal temperatures in your home. Several aspects affect how the roof directly influences the amount of hot or cold air that stays up inside your home. Let's have a look at some of the most important ones.
Roofing materials are a crucial consideration when it comes to your home's indoor temperature. Different roof materials reflect different amounts of heat, light and energy. Asphalt shingles, for example, only reflect 30% of the sun's light that hits your roof. That's why they typically trap more heat in the attic and roof area, leading to a warmer house in the winter. This feature can help you save money on heating costs, making asphalt shingles an excellent choice for those looking to reduce their energy bills.
If you want a comfortable home during the warmer months, roof materials that reflect light and heat from the sun are a great option. Light colors such as white, gray, and beige will protect your home from extreme temperatures, allowing for energy-efficiency in both the summer and winter. Premium shingles offer different absorptive qualities when it comes to reflecting light and heat, so choosing the right roof for your needs can be tricky. It's worth noting that roof materials don't behave differently depending on the season - if they reflect heat during the summer months, they'll also cool your home in the winter. Investing in quality roof materials is incredibly important to ensure your comfort all year round!
It can be tough to pick out the right color and pattern for your shingles (see our article on Types of asphalt roofing shingles). There are many options, and if you're not an expert or have previous knowledge of what works or doesn't work for your house, you can have a challenging experience throughout the process.
When it comes to protecting your home, roof shingles play a very important role. Though more expensive roof shingles may come with a longer warranty, finding the right roof shingle that fits your budget doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality. Choosing roof shingles depends on shape and angle of roof and can change depending on if it is a steep-pitched roof or not. Factors such as color, style and even environment all factor into the type of roof shingle you should choose for your home. The roof of your home should be considered well when deciding upon the type of roof shingle to use because it has a large impact in how resistant it is in harsh weather conditions.
Curling or bucking roofing shingles usually indicate a problem with ventilation. When hot, moist air gets trapped in your attic, it can heat the shingles' underside, causing them to curl or buckle, making leaks more likely.Also, look for dark spots on the roof that missing shingles could cause.Missing shingles leave the underlayment exposed to elements.
Proper roof ventilation is crucial to your home; without it, your roof and the entire house could be damaged. Adequate ventilation helps homeowners' homes address and respond to heat and moisture that would otherwise cause significant damage. It is essential to know whether a home is adequately ventilated or not. Signs of improper ventilation include:
Blackhawk Roofing has specialized in commercial and residential roofing since 1995. Over the years, we've built new and replacement roofs for thousands of customers in Central Illinois.