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Anonymous
Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2006 - 10:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We replaced our shinge roof with slate 3 years ago. The first winter the house seemed much colder and we used our heat more. We didn't attribute this to the roof but have noticed the house is much colder each winter. Can this be be related to the slate? Now with heating bills skyrocking it's even more of a problem.
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Jim K in PA
Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2006 - 12:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Interesting question. The slate will "breathe" better across the roof than a plywood deck smothered in asphalt. If you have better air exchange in your attic now than before, you have probably revealed some issues with the attic floor insulation. I would suggest checking that the attic floor is fully and properly insulated. Heat loss into the attic is the primary means of heat loss in a home, despite what most replacement window contractors want you to believe.

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