Yes, the color of your shingles can affect the energy efficiency of your home in the summertime. Below is a great article from the Rural Electric Nebraskan magazine about roofing materials and how it impacts your air conditioning cost.
Have you been wondering if you need to replace your roof? There are many things to consider when evaluating this question.
Some tips to help you identify if you need a new roof:
- Roof Age
- Shingles Curling and Buckling
- Roof Valleys
- Missing Shingles
- Chimney Flashing
- Shingle Granules in the Gutters
- Daylight Through the Roof Boards
See this great article on Angie's List that explains these problems in more detail.
There are several great benefits to replacement windows including energy efficiency, resale value, comfort and lower maintenance.
New windows offer a stunning impact on the exterior of your home, with numerous styles and colors to choose from that will give an increased curb appeal.
Another great benefit of window replacement is that most new windows available have been designed to be low maintenance. If you choose a vinyl frame you will not have to paint it ever. Fiberglass frames are extremely stable so the paint from the factory stays on for the entire lifespan.
Replacing your windows can greatly improve the comfort of your home. In the winter, the new windows will help keep the cold air out of your home and the heat in. The energy efficient windows that are currently available can increase the warmth of your home by nearly fifty percent in some instances. And in the summer months these new windows can help keep your house cooler.
Financial benefit is perhaps the most important benefit to replacement windows. When you replace your windows you will immediately see a difference in your heating and cooling costs. There are many reports that indicate replacement windows rank as one of the top five returns on investment out of all home improvement projects.
The exterior of your home is extremely important! It's the first thing people notice about your home and it can increase the value and add energy efficiency.
As siding ages it often fades in color and takes on a dirty appearance that is difficult to keep clean. Also aging siding can allow water to leak around window frames causing potential structural damage to your home. Sometimes the signs of damage are easily noticeable, but unfortunately sometimes structural damage isn't so obvious, instead it may slowly show up as cracks in drywall or even mold. Structural damage can range from delaminating plywood to rotten studs and framing.
When replacing your siding, often we can repair any structural damage from the outside without disturbing the interior of your home. It is important to note that it's often not noticeable before removing the old siding.
Something to consider when siding your home is to add a moisture and wind barrier known as house wrap. House wrap helps in multiple ways, mostly helping to keep the wind and moisture out while still allowing your home to breathe.
A quality siding job adds incredible beauty, value and protection to the exterior of your home.
Wind and hail can cause a lot of damage to your home, not always is it visible right after the storm.
High winds can lift or tear shingles, lifted shingles can break the seal and allow wind driven rain to penetrate down to the roof deck. Hail can leave dents and marks on your shingles, if the dents are deep enough rain can seep in and start leaking causing damage to the roof deck and then interior of your home.
Not sure if you have storm damage? You can check for some storm damage, obvious signs of damage may include broken tree limbs, damaged lawn furniture, dented vents or gutters, torn or missing shingles. Also check the interior of your home for water damage, check ceilings and light fixtures for water.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not recommend that you climb on your roof, especially after a storm, the shingles could be slick or the roof structure could be compromised. So please call a professional to check for damage.