The roof is one of the most important parts of any building. If the roof is damaged, then it won’t be long before the rest of the building is damaged too. Leaks can cause damage to the walls and to your wiring, and expose the rest of your property to the elements. For this reason, it is imperative that you repair any roofing issues as soon as they arise; an expensive roof repair is nothing compared to what you would face if you allowed the property to continue to decay.
The Hero Program is something that can help you with these issues, because it can help you to afford those essential repairs, and put you in touch with the right kind of contractors to ensure that you get a job well done.
Under the Hero Program you can get up to a 20 year-long loan, of up to 15 percent of the value of your home. The project is designed to help homeowners afford home energy related projects that will help you to cut bills and make your home a greener and more energy efficient place to live, but it isn’t just limited to solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal pumps – it can cover other things like solar pool heaters, insulation, lighting systems, skylights, windows, doors and of course roofing.
One of the most interesting projects related to your roof is the “cool roof” concept. A cool roof will reflect more sunlight, and absorb less heat, than a traditional roof. This means that it reduces the amount of heat transfer – not just in the winter (if you have good insulation then your home should be nice and cool anyway), but in the summer as well. Homeowners often enjoy 10-15 percent reductions in air conditioning costs in the summer months with a properly installed cool roof and that’s ignoring the benefits of simply having an intact roof in good repair.
If you have an attic, consider getting a radiant barrier fitted as well so that you can save even more heat transfer and even more energy.
It’s important that you choose a qualified contractor to work on your roof. Even if you don’t opt to go through something like the Hero Program, you should perform due diligence before hiring a contractor. Do not allow someone who knocks on your door after a storm or a flood to perform work on your house unless the contractor is one that is already known to you.
Most unsolicited callers are simply taking advantage of people who are in urgent need of someone to do some repair work on their property and they are hoping that you won’t check their insurance, testimonials, or credentials. Stick to contractors that you know well, and ones that have an established reputation. This will help you to avoid difficult situations such as half-finished jobs or ones where the workmanship is substandard, but the company vanishes or folds before you can achieve a resolution.