3 Ways A New Roof Saves You Winter Headaches

contractorsIt’s easy to neglect checking up on your roof when summer is ending. You’re enjoying the fall weather, planning for winter holidays, and taking care of the rest of your home. But what happens if you need a roof replacement and don’t realize it?

Sturdier Roof = Less Leaks

Hail, high winds, ice dams, and slow-melting snow… Yikes. Your roof takes a beating in winter. A sturdy roof can take it. An old roof can let in sneaky leaks and cause water damage over time. Water damage in your roof, walls, and attic can lead to dangerous rot and mold, but most people don’t realize it’s even happening until it’s too late.

A New Roof Means Lower Utility Bills

Ideally, a new roof will be the most energy efficient installation available in your area and price point. The right roofing material and installation can greatly reduce energy costs in the winter by helping to keep heat in your roof and insulate from the cold outside. So yes, conversely, an old roof can work against your efforts to heat your home. You’re already spending so much time and money on heating, why let your roof work against you?

Critters Have Less Access Points to Your Home

In winter, rodents, birds, and even reptiles get desperate for warm shelter. Your home is a natural option for them to retreat to. If you have a worn-down roof come winter, critters have far more entry points to make their way into your attic and nest there. What happens when they nest in your attic? More roof damage, smelly and dangerous waste, and a lot of damage to insulation. Remember that energy-efficient roof from the previous section? That roof is useless when inadequate insulation works against it, letting about 20% of what you spend on home heating completely go to waste.

Not sure if you need a roof replacement before winter? Call in professional contractors. Spring in Virginia is right around the corner, so act quickly.  Contractors can assess your roof’s lifespan, point out any potential issues, and give you an estimate on a replacement job. When it comes to calling for an estimate, you’re better off safe than sorry.