The Facts about Energy Efficient HomesWhether you are upgrading your current home or building from scratch, you want your home to be energy efficient. After all, an efficient home provides maximum comfort, protection from the elements and minimizes operating costs. So, if you have questions about home efficiency, get the top-to-bottom facts right here from your favorite Kansas City roofers.

Roofing System

Your Kansas City home is constructed of many interlinking systems. The efficiency of many of these systems is contingent upon the function and efficiency of the next. Your roofing system is no different.

  • Roof: Whether asphalt shingle, tile or metal, choose a quality roofing material that will withstand the elements for decades to come. Look for the extended manufacturer and contractor warranties, which indicate confidence in materials and workmanship.
  • Attic insulation: Don’t skimp on attic insulation. Insulation keeps conditioned air in your living spaces and maintains attic temperatures to the temperatures outside.
  • Solar ventilation: Your unfinished attic needs ventilation to help prevent moisture pockets, excessive heat, and ice dams.
  • Air sealing: Recessed lighting, pipes, flues, ducts and attic hatch should be properly sealed to prevent air exchange.

Living Spaces

Your windows, doors and exterior siding give your home its unique look. When it comes to energy efficiency, however, these systems are weak spots in your home’s energy envelope—the materials that separate conditioned and unconditioned spaces.

  • Windows: Fiberglass or vinyl windows substantially reduce heat gain/loss compared to older, worn and leaky windows. Further, fiberglass and vinyl will last decades with minimal maintenance.
  • Doors: Fiberglass doors are efficient, may be painted and offer low maintenance.
  • Siding: Whether you choose Energy Star-qualified CertainTeed insulated vinyl siding or fiber-cement siding with ColorMax Finishing colors or Fiber Tech primer/sealer ready for paint, you’ll boost your home’s energy efficiency with eye-popping curb appeal.

Gutters to the Foundation

Unfinished basements and crawl spaces may go unnoticed until there’s a problem, such as water leaks or cracks in the walls or foundation. In addition to inspecting your basement and/or crawl spaces regularly, make sure you keep an eye on your gutter system.

The purpose of your gutters is to convey water runoff from the roof away from your home’s foundation. This service is vital. If your gutters are leaky or clogged, call your trusted Kansas City roofers for an inspection.

Whether remodeling or designing your dream home for maximum energy efficiency, contact Bill West Roofing for the best service and workmanship.

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