As winter approaches, it is time to find ways to reduce energy consumption and cut on energy bills. Up to 50% of heat lost from your homes happens through your roof, specifically your attic. So naturally, you need to place more focus on your roofing if you want to make a significant cut in your utility bills.
The first thing to look at is your roofing materials. Metal and tile roofs conserve energy better than asphalt shingles. You may not want to change your roofing right away, but it is worth considering in the future, especially if you plan on moving house because you'll increase the home's value. A home roofing service can inspect your roof and give you insight into its condition.
Seal Gaps in the Attic
Check to see if there are any spaces around attic windows, pipes, and ducts. Use weather stripping to seal off the gaps in attic windows and caulk for smaller spaces around wires, pipes, and ducts. For larger gaps, use fire-breaking spray foam.
Insulate your attic
Insulating your attic will make it warmer and cut down your energy consumption. Even if you already have insulation, this may not be sufficient. A lot of older homes have less insulation than they should. Any insulation less than 100mm should be replaced.
If you are handy, this is something you can do yourself and cut down on the cost of hiring a roof contractor. To insulate your roof, you need insulation blankets. Sheep's wool is preferable, but you can also use other recycled materials such as fiberglass or cellulose. You can find these at your local DIY store.
Before you begin, turn off the power supply to the attic. If necessary, lay the vapor barrier and fix it to the joists, making sure you leave holes for electric cables and outlets. Spread out your blanket. Remember to insulate hot water supply pipes found in the attic. Use custom made pipes for this. Ensure there are no gaps in the insulation, but leave the valves uncovered. Add more layers of blanket to build depth to the level of the joists. Add a final layer perpendicular to the previous layers.
Insulating your roof is easier than you imagine. You can save yourself a lot of money by doing it yourself. However, if you don't feel comfortable with the whole idea of going up the roof, go ahead and call a home roofing service.