There are many reasons you may decide to begin a home improvement project. The most common is the need for new roofing due to age or deterioration of your current roof, but new roofing is just one of the ways you can improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Roof Repair and Replacement
Of course, a new roof in an ENERGY STAR approved color will help your home reflect more of the sun’s rays and keep your home cooler. Even if you don’t choose to go with a new roof with solar reflectivity, you can still benefit from a roof replacement or roof repair. When you call your local roofing company for your annual inspection, ask them about your attic insulation. Without properly functioning insulation, much of your home’s heat is lost over the winter. More than that, it can lead to ice dams on your roof if we have a wet winter. Having a roof in good condition and proper insulation can both help your HVAC system work less and save you money.
Windows and Doors
This one is rarely a surprise to anyone. If you walk by your windows and feel a draft, your windows aren’t doing their job. If you’re not ready or able to afford replacement windows, check the caulk around the windows. Caulk deteriorates and should be replaced as it dries and cracks. This will help your windows be as energy efficient as possible.
Rather than caulk, your doors have weather stripping. The weather stripping keeps drafts out along the door frame. It wears out over time and will allow not only cold air in but also pests. If your door has warped, cracked, or otherwise isn’t fitting into the frame well, consider replacing your entry door. Not only will you get some return with energy savings but you’ll see an increase in your home’s curb appeal.
New Siding and Siding Repair
Whether you have vinyl siding, wood, or another type, your siding should be securely affixed to your home’s exterior. When siding isn’t attached wind, cold, water, and pests all can find their way into your home. When water gets in and gets your insulation wet, it can’t work properly. Pests can build nests in it and destroy it as well.
If your siding is cracked or broken and can’t be repaired, new siding installation is your only option. Today’s siding is much more energy efficient than siding made even ten years ago. Most brands either have built in insulation or an insulative wrap installed before the siding is attached.
If you want a professional to evaluate your home’s roofing, siding, or windows, contact Cooley Roofing and Construction. We offer roof repair, new siding installation, and replacement windows that all can increase the energy efficiency of your home. We serve Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and the entire Triad region. Call (336) 766-6488 to schedule your no obligation inspection and estimates today.