Money Out The Window

Author: Lonny Dewalt  Date: 2016-06-30

We’ve all heard the saying, “money out the window”, but each winter, many of your hard earned dollars disappear not out the window, but through the roof. In this case, the saying is quite literal. Heat from your furnace rises and if you have an older roof or one that wasn’t properly installed, it won’t keep the heat in. Homeowners in Buffalo and the surrounding area know that heating bills in winter can be high, but replacing that old roof can reduce heat the heat loss and save on heating bills.

While most new roofing types will lower your energy bills somewhat, but the better the quality of the materials and installation, the better your roof will be at stopping heat loss. One of the most important things to consider in choosing the most energy efficient roofing is the underlayment. Paper type underlayment, while less expensive, simply wont keep as much heat in as the higher quality, thicker underlayment.

Among the most energy efficient types of underlayment is GAF. It is sturdier and thicker than the cheaper, paper underlayment. Almost all reputable roofing companies use GAF because they want the highest quality materials from sheeting to shingles. Before you choose a roofer inquire as to whether they already use GAF underlayment. Even if it isn’t standard with their company, it may be an option if you choose.

While underlayment is the foundation for a good quality roof, the rest of the materials used should be high quality as well to ensure that your roof is as energy efficient as possible. There are many options when it comes to roof coverings Among them are three tab shingles, laminate shingles, and seam metal roofing. Of these, while any of these materials will protect your roof, standing seam metal roofing will do the best job. Choosing high quality materials from top to bottom will ensure that your roof is as sturdy and energy efficient as possible. In doing so, you will lose less heat through the roof during winter and lower your energy costs significantly.

Now is the time to think about a new roof if you need it. It may seem hard to think of winterizing your home already, but winter will be here before you know it. Having your roof replaced while the weather is still warm will ensure that when Old Man Winter comes knocking, your furnace won’t be working overtime to compensate for a roof that doesn’t keep in the heat.