Choosing the Best Roof for Your Climate

House with Inclined DrivewayChoosing the best roofing material for your home will depend on many factors, including your budget and style. Perhaps the most important factor you should take into account is the climate in which you live. Some materials fare better in warm locales, while others are built to last in colder or wetter environments. Researching the best roofing material for your area will help you settle on the ideal solution for you and your home.

Warm Climates

If you live in a region with warm temperatures throughout the year, consider a roofing material that will release, rather than store or absorb, the heat from sun. You have the option of installing a cool roof, which reflects more sunlight and absorbs less heat than your standard roof. These types of roofs feature a reflective paint, as well as a sheet covering or reflective tiles and shingles. Dark roofs can reach a whopping 150 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer sun, while a cool roof can stay more than 50 degrees cooler.

Cool roofs also come with plenty of other benefits. They can lead to lower energy bills because occupants won’t need to use as much air conditioning during the summer, they can improve indoor comfort for non-air conditioned spaces, and they can extend the roof’s service life. The United States Department of Energy also points out that cool roofs can also do wonders for the surrounding environment, reducing local air temperatures, lowering peak electricity demand, and reducing power plant emissions, due to a lower demand for cooling energy use.

Cold Climates

People living in cold climates have an entirely different set of weather problems: freezing rain, snow, sleet, and cold. Roofs in such locales must be sized properly, well-sealed, and energy efficient, with the durability to handle the extremes of each season. Asphalt shingles are a popular choice in regions that see cooler temps, with shingles providing a high durability against the weather, with more insulation properties and a life expectancy of about 30 years, according to home improvement guru Bob Vila. However, these shingles can warp and develop algae in moist, damp climates. Steel roofs are recommended for areas that see high winds on a regular basis. Metal roofs are good for wintry locales, as the snow just melts right off.

Green Solutions

You can have your cake and eat it too, thanks to the recent invention of a new “smart” roof that saves energy in both hot and cold climates. According to U.S. News and World Report, scientists have developed a roof coating made from waste cooking oil from fast food restaurants that has the ability to interpret thermometer readings and switch roles depending on the weather — either reflecting or transmitting solar heat. This bio-based intelligent roof coating repels summer sunlight and significantly reduces air-conditioning bills. When the colder air arrives, it transmits heat to help warm the interior of the structure.

The roofing method you choose will ultimately depend on your budget, as well as the environment in which you live. Consult with a professional roofing company to find the best option for you.

This article was written by Jared Miret, father and home handyman.  He spent many hours researching roofing when he was shopping for his own roofing in New Orleans, and he is excited to make your roofing quest a little easier.

Weather-Proofing Your Home

Exterior home improvement project includes replacement windowsThe roof is perhaps the most important part of a home. It requires continual maintenance and upkeep to prevent mold growth, cracks and leaks. Insect infestations can easily occur if a roof is not treated and sprayed with proper chemicals. Some insurance providers will pay for roofing repairs and replacement due to weather damage, but it depends on the location of your home. Regardless, here’s what you need to know to ensure an effective and protective roof.

Weatherproofing Basics

Many people look for ways to save money on energy costs but do not realize they need to focus on weatherproofing their home to lower their bills. Windows and doors should have plenty of weather-stripping around the interior side to reduce drafts. When air is able to escape through these small holes, it increases energy costs. Check the exterior of your home and add extra caulking to the window sills and door jambs. This will help to prevent small leaks that allow air to exit or enter. It can also prevent problems with pests.

Roofing Repairs

Every homeowner should regularly check on the roofing of their home, making sure shingles are intact to prevent leaks and other serious problems. Leaks and cracks in the sheathing can cause water damage problems. Based on the reason your roof is leaking, an insurance company may not pay the costs. You need to check your insurance policy to find out what exactly is covered. Most homeowners will need to pay for additional policies to cover roof repairs due to weather-related problems. Routine problems such as an aging roof will not typically be covered under an insurance plan. The additional costs for water damage, wind damage and other weather-related issues will vary based on your insurance provider and your specific plan. For some, the cost can be an extra $1,500 on top of their deductible.

Protecting Your Home

Since it can be expensive to deal with the insurance company and pay out of pocket for repairs, the best thing a homeowner can do is focus on maintaining their home. Mold caused by water damage can cost you serious money and could lead to health concerns. If you have any water damage, contact a professional water damage restoration company. They have all the right equipment to properly clean up water damage and prevent mold growth.

Hire a professional roofer to inspect and maintain your roof once a year. They will check for signs of roofing damage and repair problems. They can also treat a roof with chemical sprays that will prevent leaking and extend the lifespan of the roof.

As a homeowner, you can help maintain your roof by cleaning out the gutters. This will allow water to correctly move off the roof and through the downspouts. Use a power washer to help move any mud out of the gutters. Gutter guards are another effective way to keep the gutters free of leaves and other debris.

While weatherproofing and maintenance can be time consuming, they are effective in preventing serious problems and expensive repair bills!

This  article was provided by Chase Roberts, home and garden expert. If you’re looking to repair damages from past weather related incidents, and need services like hail damage roof repair, Chase recommends choosing Quick Roofing.

Button-up your home for winter

time to prepare your home for winterAs the leaves turn and fall to the ground, it’s time to start thinking about “buttoning up” your home for winter to keep you and your family healthy and comfortable, your belongings safe and high energy costs at bay.

Heating accounts for 34 percent of all annual utility usage, according the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One of the most cost-effective ways to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home is to seal and insulate the “envelope” – outer walls, windows, doors and roof. By doing so, ENERGY STAR estimates that a homeowner can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs, the equivalent to lowering up to 10 percent of total energy costs for the year.

Here are a few ways to keep you and your family healthy, your belongings safe and help lower your heating bill:

Preventing the draft

Old, drafty windows and doors can account for home energy loss of up to 30 percent, according to the EPA, which means paying more in the winter to heat your home. By replacing non-performing windows and doors, homeowners can drastically reduce heating costs. A typical home that replaces its single-paned, clear glass windows with energy-efficient windows can realize up to $501 in annual savings, according to the EPA.

Additionally, old or improperly installed siding can also be the cause of drafts. However, by installing new, energy-efficient vinyl siding and underlayment, homeowners can increase a homes’ R-Value, a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it.

However, even the best windows, doors and siding can be drafty, if they are poorly installed. So it’s important to make sure your home improvement is completed by a quality contractor who has a long history of being in the business so you can be sure they will be around if you have any issues down the road.

Prevent moisture

Water leakage from snow, ice and rain can cause damage to the exterior and interior of your home. This can result in costly damage to framing, structure and insulation, more importantly it can cause issues – like mold – that can be harmful to the health of your family.

The roof is often the site of leaks in homes; however, by installing a new roof and taking the proper precautions, leaks won’t be a problem.

Other ways to improve the seal of your home to prevent moisture damage, drafts and improve energy efficiency include:

* Sealing leaks

* Adding insulation

* Sealing ducts

For more energy saving window, door, siding and roof tips, check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s website.

Want to make sure your home is ready for the winter weather?  Give us a call at 914-576-2572 or send us an email to   bruzzesehomeimprovements@gmail.com.  We special in energy efficient window replacement, roofing and energy efficient vinyl siding.

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