Wednesday, August 4, 2010
We had to break down and get a new roof on the house this year. We were hoping to make it through another winter, but we had a leak in the living room ceiling, so it was time. I got several bids, but I knew for sure I wanted to get a white roof to help reduce the heat in the house. The black torch-down roof we used to have generated a lot of heat, and the house could get up in the 90s in the late afternoon on a hot day. As soon as the old roof was taken off we saw an immediate 10-15 degree drop in temperature when we got home from work. The hard part of dealing with a flat roof is keeping it clean so the down spouts don't clog. The roofers did a great job of slanting the roof towards the front edges and taking off the lip so more water flows directly into the gutter. We also got a life-time guarantee on the roofing material which is a much better deal than the other folks were offering.