3 Ways To Improve The Energy Efficiency Of Your Roof
Energy efficiency is an increasingly vital focal point for homeowners around the world and it isn’t difficult to understand why this is the case.
While many experience joy from living an eco-friendly existence, it’s probably safe to suggest that they also appreciate the financial benefits of doing so.
So, on that note, here are 3 ways to improve the energy efficiency of your roof.
1. Re-Roof—And Opt For Energy Efficient Roofing Materials
Outdated roofs are just not going to cut it, but swapping old (especially wood!) shingles out with a better alternative can make all the difference when it comes to energy efficiency.
A metal roof may a great contender here, as it is long-lasting and fireproof, among other perks. Needless to say, it will provide significant savings in energy bills over time. It is more costly than shingles (a metal roof will typically cost you between $7.50 to $10.00 per square foot, installation included), but it is a more than worthwhile investment for most.
One word of warning though; be sure to analyze the climate that you live in beforehand. The ideal option in Mississippi might not be as fantastic for a Florida roof.
2. Apply A Cooling Coating
You may want to add a cooling coating to your roof. This can reduce heat energy costs and increase UV and waterproofing protection for the roof, in addition to extending the life of your roof.
Why? A lighter-hued roof (compared to a traditional dark wood shingle or a black asphalt roof) may save energy by reflecting heat and light away instead of absorbing them; this is known as "the albedo effect”.
Oh and just to be clear, this is recommended regardless of what materials your roof is made out of.
3. Insulate Your Attic
Don’t overlook this arena; it is important. Poorly insulated attics are not going to help your home in battles against temperature extremes, nor will they assist in dragging down energy costs.
Adding new—or more, in some cases—insulation to your attic is usually a good call. An attic that is not properly insulated will require more heating in the colder months and more air conditioning in the warmer months…and that isn’t excellent for your wallet, is it?
On the other hand, a properly-insulated one can drastically reduce your heating and cooling needs, not to mention your home’s emissions and your electricity bill, as well as negating the need for a mechanical system.
There are many variants here, including “how much” and “what type”, so be sure to check with an expert to ensure that you land on the best one for your specific set of roofing needs.
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