3 Reasons Why Your Roof Is Energy Inefficient

Posted on: 5 October 2018

Feel like your energy bill is higher than it should be? Does it seem like your home struggles to reach your desired temperature, even when the air conditioner or furnace are running? If so, there's likely something in your home that is creating a draft. If you've installed insulation, sealed your windows, and taken other energy efficiency steps to minimize waste, you may want to consider issues in your roof.

Your roof is a major element in your home's overall energy efficiency. However, roof issues are often hard to notice. Unless you spend time on the roof, it's difficult to see gaps or other potential problem areas. The good news is many common roofing issues can be spotted from the ground and require only an easy fix. Below are a few warning signs to look for. If these are present on your roof, they could be the cause of your energy inefficiency:

Loose shingles or flashing. Shingles and flashing can come loose for any number of reasons. They may have been installed incorrectly. Animals or birds could pry them open. They could simply loosen and come apart over time. The problem however, is that when flashing or shingles do come up, they leave an exposed wooden roof. It doesn't take long for water and other elements to create cracks in the wood. And those cracks can provide a path for air to enter or exit your home. 

Take a look at your roof from the ground to see if there are any noticeable gaps. You may even want to get on the roof for inspection. However, be sure to take safety precautions. Also, consider having a roofing service come out and conduct a professional inspection.

Poor ventilation. Most roofs have vents placed just under the edge and also at the top of the roof. Hot air naturally rises and escapes through the top vent. However, if that vent becomes clogged, hot air could become trapped under your roof and in your attic. That could cause warping and cracking in the wood, leading to gaps. If you can access your attic, go in there and see how how it is. Also look for warping or other damage. Try looking at the upper vent to see if a bird has built a nest or if other debris is blocking the airflow.

Tree damage. Do you have large trees near your home? Do they come into contact with your roof? If so, they may be doing damage. The tree branches could scrape against the shingles, flashing, or other elements, causing gaps and cracks. They could also provide a bridge for animals to get on your roof and cause damage. Have your tree limbs cut back so they don't come in contact with the roof and then schedule a roofing contractor to inspect your roof.

Ready to fix the drafts in your roof? Contact a pro in your area today, such as at Right Way Roofing, Inc, to schedule your roof inspection. They can identify problem areas and recommend solutions.