Saving money is always important. Choosing energy efficient appliances and products can go a long way towards lowering utility bills. While most people know the importance of energy efficient appliances and power strips, they don’t realize that they can even make their roof more energy efficient.
Improve that Air Flow
An energy efficient roof actually starts in the attic. Proper ventilation ensures that heat from the house doesn’t cause ice dams in the winter and that your attic won’t turn into a dangerous oven in the summer. Here are some tips to help you improve your attic ventilation.
• If you have vents on the wall of the house or gable vents, close them off by nailing plywood over them from inside. As long as they are open, they are actually interfering with proper airflow.
• Insulation is great, but sometimes people go overboard with it. You should be able to see light coming up through the eaves along the lower part of the attic wall. If you can’t see light because insulation is in the way, baffles should be installed. These pre-formed chutes are designed to be placed along the eaves, allowing for free movement of air. If you don’t want to install the baffles yourself, contact us. We are equipped to handle that project.
• Check for vent pipes that go up through the roof. Look for gaps around them and seal them with foam or minimal-expansion foam.
• On the outside of your home, look at the soffit vents. They should be free of debris and insects. Clean the vents to allow for greater air flow.
• Make sure you have enough roof vents. We can inspect your attic and let you know if more vents are required for proper air movement. As a professional roofing company, we are able to add more vents as needed even if you do not need a new roof.
You can also make your roof more energy efficient by not going up on it. Asphalt shingles have granules on them. These are a vital part of the shingle and knocking them loose by walking on the roof can damage the shingles. Stay safely and comfortably on the ground. We offer residential roofing in Oklahoma City and are more than happy to handle going on the roof for you as part of an annual inspection and maintenance.
Contact Robbins Roofing today on Facebook to learn more about energy efficient roofing options. Remember that we are available to help you improve the ventilation in your attic, even if it is not time for a new roof just yet.