Summer is a great time to work on some home improvement projects. One area that may need your attention is your roof. Heat naturally rises, so your roof will be taking the brunt of the summer heat. Here are some ways to create better roofing efficiency to protect your roof's longevity and also make your home more energy efficient.
Get Your Attic Ventilated
Let's start with the surface just below your roof: the attic. Attics can trap a lot of heat if they are not properly ventilated. And that heat is pushing up against the surface of your roof. On the other side of the roof, the sun is beating down. That can heat up your roof quite quickly! At such high temperatures, you can expect roofing materials to degrade more quickly than on average. You might even see the adhesive that's holding roofing shingles in place dissolve and permanently weaken the attachment of roofing materials. So, be sure that you have some appropriate ventilation for your attic.
Check Your Roof for Damage and Maintenance Needs
The spring is another time when roofing materials may take a serious hit. Spring storms can leave behind leaves that decompose on the surface of the roof and damage roofing materials. If water was left to pool on top, you might see parts of the roof's surface starting to bubble up. Taking stock of roofing maintenance needs in the summer is a good idea, because you'll correct that damage before it sits around too long. You might want to have your roof installation contractor clear away debris from the roof and replace any tiles that have been damaged by inclement weather.
Consider Reflective Roofing
Hot summer temperatures might have you thinking about what you can do to make your cooling system more efficient to save money. Your roof might hold one key to this. Roofing insulation can often be improved to reflect more heat away from your home. Have you considered the benefits of white roofing, green roofing, and other reflective opportunities? White roofs simply reflect the sunlight back away from your home better than darker materials, while green roofs employ plants to absorb the sunlight and make it into a beautiful garden on your roof. Either way, you'll benefit from a lower energy bill. So when you have your roofing contractor pay a visit, discuss some options for upgrades, or a full roof installation.