Slanted roofs can be a terror when you're trying to decorate — don't even think about placing a tall hutch or a canopy bed against a slanted wall. That is, unless you have lofty ceilings. But on the outside, slanted roofs look so pretty! And certain types of architecture (Colonial) couldn't really even exist without slanted roofs. Tell me, do you have one? Have you encountered decorating problems because of it? Or does it just affect your attic?
If you've ever read Robert Fulghum's All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, you know that some of life's most important lessons were learned when we were young. One of them might save the world, sort of. As a kid you learned that light-colored surfaces reflect the sun's rays, while dark surfaces absorb them and warm up. Well, have you ever considered applying this simple technology to your home?
Obama's energy secretary Steven Chu is pitching painting all rooftops white to curb global warming, saying that, "it’s the equivalent of reducing the carbon emissions due to all the cars on the road for 11 years," if not more. If that's not reason enough for you to paint it white (what do the Stones know?), consider that a reflective rooftop will reduce your air-conditioning costs this Summer, which in turn will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cha-ching! The folks who built New Orleans's Superdome know what I'm talking about.
One of the big house-related tasks you should accomplish this Spring is assessing the state of your roof. In good weather, you — or a reliable, steady-footed helper — should check the roof for missing or damaged roofing tiles or shingles. If you're not confident doing so, hire a contractor or repairer to check out the possible damage. Repairing roof problems now will ensure that your Fall and Winter will be much cozier.