When we bought our house, we understood that there were some problems with the roof.
We got by with making small patches for as long as possible.
Whenever there was heavy rains, we’d need to place containers on the floor to catch the drips. After any type of high winds, I’d find tons of stray shingles scattered across the lawn. Eventually, we couldn’t put off the project anymore. The roof was so old and had been repaired so many times that we needed to rip the whole thing off and start from scratch. It was a long, messy and expensive project. For several weeks, we had roofing contractors trampling the gardens, setting up scaffolding and climbing all over the house. The job was completed in the middle of July, when the outside temperature was in the upper eighties with high humidity. It simply wasn’t feasible to run the air conditioner when our roof was missing. We lived with heat, humidity, bugs and dirt and were very anxious for the job to be done. When I was finally able to start up the air conditioner, I expected it would take a very long time for it to bring the house down to a comfortable level. I was extremely surprised by how quickly the air conditioner achieved the thermostat setting. Since replacing the roof, my energy bills have been twenty percent lower all year round. The furnace and air conditioner don’t need to run as long, work as hard or use as much energy. They’re able to maintain a more consistent temperature. The savings on my heating and cooling costs is helping to recover the expense of replacing the roof.