Keeping up with home repairs helps protect your property. It also satisfies a more pressing concern: keeping you safe and dry during inclement weather. But if Mother Nature does damage to your home, here’s how to address weather-related issues.
Combating super-high heat
As temperatures get higher, your heating and air conditioning system must work harder. Per Energy.gov, a standard roof can reach temperatures of 150 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in the sun. Consider how that affects the interior of your home—and how hard your AC system must work to compensate.
However, some materials absorb less heat and reflect more of the sun’s rays than standard options. In fact, you may be able to lower your roof temperature by up to 50 degrees by swapping out materials. The change can help cut your energy costs by keeping your home cooler inside. You may notice improved AC efficiency and that you are more comfortable in your home.
A budget-friendly cooling measure is to apply a cool coating over your existing roof. These materials go on like paint and are often white for optimum sunlight reflection. Many products include UV- and chemical-resistant and waterproofing components.
Another helpful measure is attic ventilation via vents or a fan. As Energy Star explains, fans help push hot air out and draw cool air in, lowering your home temperature. You may also consider adding spray foam insulation for all four seasons. It can be costly to add insulation to your entire home, but consider the long-term value of preserving your property’s energy use.
Whatever issues your property has, keeping up with maintenance will benefit you over time, particularly if the selling market is competitive. For example, if you are thinking of selling your home in the future, repairing a damaged roof before you sell can get you a better price and a quicker sale.
Fighting back against water
Unfortunately, many homeowners have experienced roof leaks and all the issues that come with them. Even in the absence of severe wind or hail, rain can do plenty of damage to your home’s significant structures. If water seep