Long days, warm nights, and open windows...summer weather sure has its perks. Of course, it also has its downfalls. We all know that summer weather can leave your home hotter than a sauna on a muggy day. While you won't need to worry about anything like hail damage repair, you may have to keep your home cool using some creative methods. Here are just a few tips from roofing companies to help homeowners keep their homes cool during the summer.
Assess Attic Insulation
When preparing your home for summer weather, you'll have to assess both its interior and exterior roofing areas. Start with your home's attic and assess its level of insulation. Many people overlook the condition and amount of insulation in their home's attic, but it actually plays an essential role in the level of heat that gets through and air conditioning that escapes. In fact, experts say your home attic can reach up to 150 degrees on a hot summer day. You should also look at the condition of your attic's plywood -- if it's moisture damaged, now is the perfect time to get it repaired.
Check Siding and Roofing Shingles
Nearly one in four homeowners (23%) admits they never inspect their roof or they only have it inspected if there is a problem. That being said, inspecting your roof is an imperative part of preparing for the hot and muggy summer season. Even if you don't need a full roof replacement, getting any shingles or roof repairs taken care of can help to keep the heat and sun out of your home and moderate its temperature. Plus, pests can easily make their way into a home with a damaged roof. Fortunately, most roofing companies offer free inspections, so it'll be easy to determine whether a repair is necessary.
Finally, if you decide against a roof repair or replacement, keep in mind that the existing damage can only get worse over the summer. For this reason, it's a good idea to take careful notes or even photographs of the areas with damage so that you can closely monitor them in the coming months.
Ultimately, a new asphalt shingle roof has an ROI of about 62%. Even if you don't get a full roof replacement, taking these small steps to properly prepare your home's roof can help you stay comfortable throughout the summer. For more information about hail damage repair or any roofing needs, contact JAC Roofing and Exteriors.