Oct 26, 2020

Ways Your Roof Installation Can Slash Energy Costs

Although it’s one of the most expensive components of the exterior of your home, a roof is rarely given much thought until replacement is needed.  This provides the optimum time to carefully understand your choices so that the new roof not only enhances your curb appeal but lowers your energy costs.  Here’s what you need to know.

Insulation: While shingles are a critical component of a roof, they should only be a part of the conversation.  Thorough roofing contractors  should also be performing a visual inspection of your attic to verify the quality and R-value of its insulation.  Without correct levels of insulation, it’s highly probable that your energy bills are unnecessarily high.  That’s because insulation creates an obstacle that lowers the level of thermal transfer between your attic and living quarters.  Even more frustrating is the fact that inadequate levels of insulation can speed up the life of your roof by allowing costly ice dams to form.

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Ventilation: Attics absent of the correct levels of ventilation create an environment for mold to thrive.  Improper attic ventilation also has detrimental consequences to your roof.  Its lifespan is shortened,  excessive heat allows shingles to trap warmth and moisture, which can cause dry rot on the roof deck.  This also means that the interior of your home can become hotter than necessary, causing your air conditioner to become overexerted.  A reputable contractor can look at the specific set-up of your home and determine the proper types of roof ventilation needed.  Intake vents pull fresh air into the attic through the lowest points of the roof, often in the soffit, below the gutters.  In tandem with exhaust vents, which are installed at higher points of the roof, a matter-of-course airflow transmission process takes place.    Common exhaust vent options include, gable, ridge, static, and powered exhaust.

Roof Color: Surprisingly enough, the color of your roof has an impact on the level of heat that enters your home.  Roofs in darker shades soak up light and heat and conduct it inward.  Lighter colored roofs reflect the heat outward.

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Shingle Type: Major roofing manufacturer, GAF, offers Timberline® CS Shingles which are fabricated with reflective technology.  This lowers attic temperatures, allowing homes to stay cooler during the summer months.  Classified as a cool roof, its purpose is to reduce solar heat gain by reflecting the sun’s hot rays and re-emitting the energy that is absorbed.  It’s worth noting that some utility companies offer rewards for homeowners that opt to have these shingles installed .

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Our Roofing Installation Reviews:

"From my original contact with an office member, to working with two consultants, to the labor crew that completed a number of small projects in single digit temperatures, Lindus Construction was perfect in every way. The projects were completed flawlessly and far ahead of schedule. Without any reservations, I recommend this company."

Bob K.
Northfield, MN
February 3, 2022

"You replaced my roofing.  Everything went well."

Dennis F.
Little Canada, MN
January 14, 2022

"Only ones I could find to do repair work on roof. Once again, terrific service."

Jerome J.
Eagan, MN
October 29, 2021

"Work was great. Crew did great work, fast, clean up was very good. Could not believe how fast that they did the job. When beyond what I expected. Very good work, great crew. Thank you."

Charles G.
Roberts, WI
October 14, 2021

"Fantastic experience with Dave Anderson, the salesman, the crew, and Randahl the supervisor. On time, very organized, attention to detail was superb, they worked like dogs in extreme heat, finished on time and cleaned up after themselves. Also helped me get a much better roof approved by my insurance company. Thrilled."

Dave R.
Eagan, MN
August 4, 2021

"Cabin roof/gutter and home LeafGuard® gutters. Very professional from sales to completion."

Keith N.
Balsam Lake, WI
June 21, 2021
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