Besides improving your home’s appeal, your roof keeps your household protected against harsh outdoor elements and weather conditions. It shields you from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and provides insulation. This essential exterior component helps keep your indoor spaces cool in summer and warm in winter. Moreover, if you want to cut down your heating and cooling costs, consider investing in an energy-efficient roofing system.
Here are different ways your roof can help cut down your energy costs.
Ways Your Roof Can Help You Enjoy Energy Savings
Roofs Act as Added Insulation
When it’s time to replace a roof, it always pays to invest in energy-efficient materials. Even if you don’t need a new roof yet, you can boost its energy-saving capabilities by upgrading the insulation of your attic. A sufficiently insulated attic will help prolong the life of your roof. It’s because an overheated attic can speed up the deterioration of shingles and other parts of the system.
With added insulation, you don’t have to worry about the temperature of your attic affecting your living space. Fortunately, there’s no need to wait for a roof replacement before you can upgrade your attic insulation. You can consult professionals if you wish to add insulation to this part of your home.
Sometimes, the Color of Your Roof Helps With Its Energy Efficiency
Isn’t that when you feel hot, it helps to wear light-colored clothes? Dark hues tend to absorb more heat than lighter ones. Just as a black car will take in more of the sun’s heat, a dark-colored roof also tends to be warmer. This heat can reach the underside of the decking and the attic underneath.
One way to avoid this issue is to get energy-efficient shingles in solar-reflecting hues. ENERGY STAR® certified shingles are tested to work better at reflecting the sun’s heat away than other roof colors. These products are also more likely to last longer since they stay cool. The shingles won’t also deteriorate quickly. Moreover, the energy efficiency of your roof also depends on other factors than shingles, such as ventilation and insulation.
Your Roof Helps With Your Home’s Ventilation
Ventilation plays an essential role in the longevity of your roofing and your indoor comfort and air quality. With proper ventilation, your attic will stay at moderate temperatures no matter the season.
In summer, an attic that lacks ventilation can become excessively hot, compromising various components, such as roof decking and shingles. The heat can even penetrate the insulation and travel down to the rest of your house. As a result, your heating and cooling system will exert more effort to reach your desired temperature. When left unaddressed, poor ventilation will cause a significant increase in your energy costs.
At the lowest points of the roof should be intake vents that bring fresh air into your attic. You can usually find them in the soffit beneath the eaves. Then there are also exhaust vents that contractors install on the higher areas of the roof. These vents allow warm, humid air from your attic to escape. Having both types of vents is essential to achieve effective ventilation in your roof and attic. During the planning stages of a roof replacement project, an experienced professional will check if you need more vents to ensure proper ventilation.
Modern Roofing Materials Can Offer Better Energy Efficiency
Thanks to modern advances in technology, today’s roofing materials are remarkably more energy-efficient than older ones. It means that if your roof is decades old, it’s likely not contributing much to your home’s overall energy efficiency. Outdated products often have lower shingle ratings than newer ones and may not offer enough protection against wind damage. Meanwhile, newer shingles can withstand winds of up to 130 miles per hour (mph). Aside from better weather protection, they can also help cut down your energy bills.
What Are Some of Today’s Most Energy-Efficient Roofing Options?
Growing more popular by the day, metal roofing excels in energy efficiency. You can get it in various styles, such as tiles, shakes and panels. It also comes in a wide range of colors to complement different home exterior palettes. Installing a high-quality metal roof can help you save up to 40% on your monthly energy bill.
Unlike other materials, metal roofs reflect solar energy away from your house. A highly reflective and highly emissive painted or granular-coated metal roof can re-emit up to 90% absorbed radiation from the sun. It reflects UV and infrared rays that affect how cold or hot the surface of your roof gets.
If you are looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint or help the environment, metal roofing is something you should consider. Standard, unpainted metal roofs often reflect more solar radiation than other popular materials. If you live in a warmer climate, you can benefit from a painted or granular-coated metal roof since it deflects solar radiation, helping your home stay cool.
Moreover, the less you depend on your HVAC system to keep your spaces comfortable, the less energy you consume, the more savings you enjoy. Metal is also considered one of today’s most sustainable roofing materials since it’s completely recyclable. Most metal roofs are also made with a minimum of recycled material depending on the type of metal. When installed correctly and maintained regularly, they can last for over 50 years, helping reduce the amount of construction waste that ends up in U.S. landfills.
Asphalt shingle roofing is still today’s most popular roofing material in the U.S. It’s mainly because of its cost-effectiveness, ease of installation and appeal. Many homeowners prefer asphalt shingles because they do not need constant maintenance to stay appealing and efficient. They are easy to clean and repair or replace if they suffer damage.
When replacing your roof, you should ask your contractor about shingles embedded with reflective granules. At Orion Home Improvements LLC, we install high-quality and energy-efficient GAF roofing systems. These shingles will boost your home’s appeal, value and protection while helping reduce your heating and cooling costs. You can also count on our experienced team for quality seamless gutter installation services.
Aside from excellent durability, tile roofing is among the most environmentally sustainable options you can get today. Clay and concrete tiles are manufactured without chemical preservatives and do not cause a depletion of limited natural resources. Like metal roofing, it also has a long lifespan, which helps reduce landfill waste.
Clay and concrete tiles are the only roofing materials with two inherent characteristics contributing to reduced energy consumption. First, they have a natural thermal resistance. Second, every individually installed tile has natural airspace that creates a thermal barrier. This natural airspace helps prevent solar heat from reaching your living spaces.
Another material that can reduce your energy costs is slate, thanks to its excellent insulating properties. A properly installed and maintained slate roof can last 75 to 100 years or more. Experts consider it a green roofing material because of its recyclability.
This roofing option can instantly increase the curb appeal of your home. It is also extremely durable and requires minimal maintenance. Slate roofing is highly resistant to storm, fire, and water damage. With this material, you don’t need to worry about moss and algae growth, chipping, cracking and erosion.