Replacing a roof on your cabin may seem like a daunting task, but thanks to advances in technology and better building practices, a new roof can make your cabin more efficient than ever before. A sturdy roof is about more than stopping leaks, it’s about making your cabin feel more like a home. So, what are a few tips to get the most out of your new roof?
The majority of heat in the winter and cool air in the summer escape from a house because of improper insulation. Insulation helps to keep either hotter or cooler air in your home during a particular season. Unfortunately, not all insulation is created equal. While almost all builders will use insulation, it is important to verify that they are using quality insulation. Although this may cost you a bit more money up front, you will likely save money in the long term in the form of lower cooling and heating bills each month. If your cabin uses a wood stove in the winter, you will have to burn less wood to stay warm which can save you dozen of hours of back breaking work throughout the year.
The roofers you hire can make or break the whole job. Experienced roofers will handle your project with care while inexperienced roofers may just be looking to complete the job as quickly as possible. Be sure to properly vet all roofers that you consider by researching other projects they have done and reading plenty of reviews online.
Although cosmetic features in a cabin, like skylights, may look great, it is important to understand how they impact the efficiency of a space. Skylights allow excess heat to enter your home during the summer and bring more cool air into your home during the winter. This means that whatever heating or cooling system you utilize will have to work harder.
Recycled materials are a great way to improve the efficiency of any roof replacement. Because these materials are being reused, far less energy went into creating them than standard raw materials. By selecting these quality products, you can help to lower the carbon footprint of your next big construction project.
Increasing the efficiency of your cabin makes spending time there that much more enjoyable. The next time you need to replace its roof, be sure to consider one or all of these great tips to get the most out of one of your favorite places in the world.