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5 Ways Your Energy Inefficient Home is Draining Your Wallet

Energy efficiency has become a trendy topic as Americans look for ways to minimize their carbon footprint. However, the advantages of building or remodeling a home to be more energy efficient are not only environmental but also financial.

An inefficient home could be costing you substantially through your monthly energy bills, in addition to decreasing the comfort level of your living space and your overall quality of life. While each energy inefficient feature alone may have a negligible impact, the negative effects begin to cumulate if your home on the Wasatch Front possesses two or more.

If you’re suffering from high energy costs, here are five potential culprits:

1. Poor Roofing

When it comes to energy efficiency, it’s best to start from the top down. Consider the state of your roof and how leaks and other damage could be exposing the interior to the elements and affecting your energy bills. If you want to take it a step further, you can consider installing a cool roof, which is made from a material that is designed to reflect off excess sunlight and lower roofing temperatures. In the warm Utah climate, cool roofs are an energy-saving feature that can help reduce energy bills year-round.

2. Outdated Windows

The type of windows installed in a house often ranks high among the reasons for high energy bills among Utah homeowners. Old windows tend to be draftier, allowing 10 percent of airflow to escape, which leads to higher energy costs. Also, the glass within the pane plays a role, as well. Advanced technologies – such as improved frames, protective coatings, and double-pane and low-emissivity (Low-E) windows – will help capture heat during the winter and keep it out during the summer, in addition to blocking UV sunlight that can damage carpets and furniture in the house. Replacing old windows with newer, energy-efficient models is a way to capture energy savings on your home.

3. Old Siding

While there is no ENERGY STAR-certified siding on the market, this feature still contributes to the overall energy efficiency of your home, as certain sidings demonstrate better energy performance than others. How well a building material insulates the interior is known in the industry as its R-value. The higher the R-value, the better the material is at insulating the interior. Wood shingle and beveled wood sidings have some of the highest R-values. Aluminum, steel, and vinyl also perform well and aren’t prone to warping, as wood is. To perform even better, you can install insulated or thermal siding.

4. Lack of Insulation

Your home could be suffering from about 25% energy loss if it contains shoddy roofing insulation or a poorly-insulated attic. Installing a high-quality roof and bolstering the insulation in overhead spaces can help regulate your home’s interior temperatures year-round, leading to reduced energy bills.

5. Outdated Seals

A home that has deteriorating, damaged or missing seals is going to be lacking in the area of energy efficiency. Air sealing is a critical component of a complete thermal enclosure system when it comes to your home, according to the Department of Energy. Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your Utah home is not only an effective way of cut heating and cooling costs, but it also improves the comfort and durability of your home while creating a healthier indoor environment.

Remodeling an Energy Inefficient Home

Begin your journey toward constructing a more energy-efficient home by identifying how your roof could be contributing to high energy costs and other undesirable impacts. At Vertex Roofing, our team of certified professionals can address not only roof repairs and maintenance but also install new roofing material to make your home more green and efficient. Call us today to book an appointment!

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Top Ten Most Common Roof Problems

What is a home without a solid roof? Roofs are a critical component of houses as they keep us dry, secure, and comfortable. Unfortunately, even the strongest built roof is susceptible to things like water and pest damages which can cause serious roof problems in Utah. The following is a look at these and other issues, answering the question of what are common roof problems

Top Roofing & Issues Requiring a Professional

  1. Pooling water. Homes were built with slopes for a reason! Pooling and standing water lead to all kinds of issues that include mold growth and pressure leading to leaks. So one great way for how to spot roof problems and stop them from growing is to have any areas that have pooling or standing water for more than 24 hours looking at.
  2. Clogged gutters or downspouts. One common reason why you might have standing water on your roof is that there is a clog in your gutter or downspout that is preventing water from running off and away from your home. After a big rainfall, it is a good idea to take a walk around your house and examine all of your downspurts. Check to see if the water is properly draining down and away from your home. If it isn't, then chances are there is some sort of debris clogging up the gutters and potentially leading to more serious roofing issues.
  3. Damaged shingles. Even Florida is prone to hailstorms that can damage shingles and other roofing materials. Shingles can also become warped and damage over time due to high winds and constant exposure to the elements. It's a good idea to have shingles inspected at least once a year for any damages -- and always after a hailstorm.
  4. Animal damages. Birds, small mammals, and insects like wasps can all wreak havoc on your roof and can squeeze into the smallest of spaces to wreak more havoc on your attic, insulation, and other materials. Any visible signs of animals, such as wasp nests, gathered food, or waste, often indicates that you have a serious underlying infestation that needs remedying.
  5. Overhanging branches. Sure, trees are gorgeous but for the safety of your home, you should avoid allowing any branches and limbs to jut out over your roof. Limbs and branches that drape onto your roof can scratch and rub against shingles to prematurely wear them down while all branches overhanging your home may break off and damage the roof during a storm. Furthermore, trees also naturally shed leaves and those leaves seem to always find their ways into the gutters and downspurts, causing those blockages we mentioned earlier. So keep things simple and have your trees trimmed back as far as possible from your roof.

Don't Let Roofing Issues Get Worse: Contact the Professionals at Vertex Roofing Contractors

Now that you know how to spot roof problems and those warning signs that indicate you either have an issue or are soon to have one, the next step is to have our team take a look and resolve those issues. Contact us today at Vertex Roofing Contractors to learn more and to set up an appointment.

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6 Easy Steps to Inspect Your Roof After a Storm

Naturally, storms awe us all with their demonstrations of the overwhelming power of nature — astounding lightning, jarring thunder, intense winds, torrential rains. Yet, after a big storm passes, people tend to forget about it so quickly that it doesn't even occur to them to check for roof damage. That's a serious oversight because roof damage from a storm can put your home's structure, contents, and the occupants living in it at serious risk. So, a roof inspection should be your first priority after a storm.

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Risks of Putting Off Roof Leak Repairs

If you've looked out your window and noticed your neighbors undergoing roof repairs, there is a good chance that this may be something your home can benefit from as well. While the need for roof leak repairs is obvious, it is best not to wait until the outside starts coming in before you start thinking about this process. Putting off roof leak repairs can lead to even more problems, so it is best to deal with mild to moderate damage early in order to help keep yourself and your family protected.

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How to Submit a Roofing Insurance Claim

The roofing insurance claim process can be frustrating at times. Especially for those who have never had to deal with roof replacement insurance claims in the past. The problem is that each insurance company has its unique process of requirements for making a roof replacement insurance claim. The better you understand the process of submitting insurance claims for roof damage, the greater your odds of having your claim approved on time.

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5 Tips for Choosing Energy Efficient Roofing

Roofing is something we rarely consider in our daily lives. If we do have to think about it, it’s often because something is wrong. We want to get past that stigma and help you think positively about roofing. More specifically, we want to help you think about how to make your roofing more energy efficient. A little proactive effort can save you a lot of money and improve your quality of life. These tips from Vertex Roofing SLC roofing contractors will get you started.

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4 Reasons Why Gutters are Essential for Every Home

Gutters are One of the Most Important Parts of Your Home

Roof inspectors should inspect the gutters and downspouts when performing the scheduled roof inspections. The roof inspector should ensure that your house gutters are the appropriate size, that the downspouts divert the water at least four or six feet away from the foundation of the house, and that they are free of cracks, holes, and rust.

Often, homeowners tend to focus on other aspects of the roof and ignore the importance of rain gutters. In this post, we discuss the purpose of gutters on a house and why you need them.

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Did You Know the Color of Your Roof Can Affect Energy Efficiency?

The color of your roof can add value to your home and impact its energy efficiency either in a positive way or negatively, depending on your choice. Homeowners have a wide selection of roofing materials to choose from and each material offers a broad palette of colors to express your personal style. While the roofing material you decide on will most directly affect your home's energy efficiency, the color you select will also directly impact energy savings.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Roof Replacement Project on Budget

Looking for ways to roof on a shoestring budget? Planning for a roof replacement project is a significant challenge for most homeowners. The total cost of labor and materials can increase drastically, inflating your budget. Vertex Roofing has skilled contractors who can handle sophisticated roof replacements. Here are five tips to manage your roof replacement costs.

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