heat loss roof master shake roofing system

In our last blog post, we discussed ice dams, how they form, and offered tips on how to prevent ice dams from forming. We learned that ice dams form due to a difference in the heat of your roof. Since the interior of your roof is warmer than the exterior, the snow melts on the interior and is blocked by ice on the exterior. We also learned one way to help prevent ice dams is to stop heat loss from your roof. In this blog post, we’ll examine just how to prevent heat loss in your roof.

Master Shake Roofing Systems offers superior metal roofs based on our proprietary manufacturing methods. We’ve added in crucial elements, such as ice guards and innovative strapping to make our metal roofs the best. We back our metal roofs with a 50-year warranty. With an eye to customer service, Master Shake Roofing Systems has dealers all over the United States and Canada waiting to help you with your metal roofing needs. Continue reading about roofs and heat loss below, and contact us today for a free roofing estimate!


  • Insulate, insulate, insulate. Insulation gets a bad rap thanks to the asbestos debacle decades ago. However, insulation is your best friend when it comes to heat loss. What insulation does is provide a barrier between the inside of your home and the outside temperature. It not only works to prevent heat loss, but it also works to prevent heat gain in the summer. Insulation is mostly made from recycled materials, such as cellulose (plant fibers), and newspaper. Fiberglass insulation is about 50% recycled glass. Insulation in your attic prevents heat from escaping out through the roof.
  • Check all openings. Another common place to lose heat in homes is from the openings in your roofing system. This would include chimneys, openings for ventilation, heating vents, fan vents, and the like. All openings should be sealed with flashing (metal components around the outside). A chimney should be draft-proofed; otherwise, it could be a huge drain on your heating system.
  • Dormer windows. Dormer windows are windows that are usually placed inside your roof, often accompanied by their own roof. While aesthetically pleasing, Master Shake Roofing System notes that dormer windows can be huge drains on your heating system. You’ll want to make sure your windows are all sealed with caulking and that there are no leaks around the edges and/or around the flashing.
  • Skylights. Again, while aesthetically-pleasing and great for natural light, skylights are notorious for letting warm air escape during the winter. Make sure your skylights are properly sealed around the roof, and consider adding a tint or a glaze to your window.
  • Have your roof inspected for holes. Sometimes, you just don’t know what to look for when you are checking your roof. By investing in an annual roof inspection (which many roofing companies will do for free), a professional local roofer will be able to tell you if there are any major air leaks you need to be concerned about, such as holes or critter openings.
  • Invest in a metal roof. Metal roofing in general are energy-efficient roofs, especially helping with cooling. However, a properly installed metal roof by your local roofer such as Master Shake can reduce heat loss by having sufficient airflow underneath.


Master Shake’s metal roofing system will keep your home energy-efficient by helping insulation do its job and by keeping ice and ice dams off your roof during the cold winter months. Master Shake has metal roofing dealers all across the United States and Canada. Reach out today to learn more, and schedule your free roofing estimate!