The short answer is… Yes, a new roof almost always saves energy. Older attics and roof are likely to be outdated in a variety of ways.
Excessive energy costs come from many different places in a home. Previously, we mentioned how the roof is similar to a body’s skin. One the skin breaks, the body is susceptible to infection. Any exterior component of a home such as windows, doors, or a roof all are potential energy loss points.
Consider why you are asking yourself the question of will a new roof save energy. Why ask this question? Because just putting a new roof on your home may save energy; but it might not save enough energy to make up for the cost of the roof – unless you look at a a long timeline such as 5-10 years.
First, determine where you can save money by determine where you are losing energy. Is it the attic itself? Is it a break down in the roof? Is there adequate insulation? Is there adequate ventilation? An issue as simple such as insufficient attic ventilation will cause heating/cooling systems to run excessively. If the cold air or hot air pumping into a home from these types of systems escaping as fast as it is coming in?
In warm weather, inadequate ventilation will trap hot air in the attic, causing air conditioning systems to work harder, or leaving your home’s interior hotter and less comfortable. Additionally, in both hot and cold weather, insufficient attic ventilation may cause moisture in the attic to become trapped and condense on the rafters. This condensed moisture can drip down onto the insulation and reduce its effectiveness.
Will a new roof save energy if the insulation situation is poor? Not much it won’t. Without a doubt better insulation and ventilation will reduce energy usage. So, first consider your current attic insulation and ventilation. You can get a good idea about what insulation rating is right for your area by checking out the Energy Star government website.
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