Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It protects you and your belongings from the elements while enhancing your home’s exterior and curb appeal. So when the time comes to get a new roof, you want to ensure that you find an option that’s going to perform well for as long as possible. And in an age where sustainability and energy savings are at the top of everyone’s mind, you may also wonder whether or not your roof can be contributing to this equation. Green roof technology is a rapidly growing field, and one that you may definitely want to consider depending on the environment you live in.
UV Reflecting Shingles
If you live in an area that sees a lot of sun, you may want to consider investing in UV reflecting shingles. These asphalt shingles look and perform like traditional shingles, but will reflect the UV light that beats down on your home. This accomplishes two things: it can help slow down the deterioration of the shingles due to the UV rays, and it can help prevent your attic from becoming overheated. In turn, this may help prevent some of that heat from soaking down into the rest of your living area and raising your energy bills.
White roofs are quickly becoming a very popular option in some climates. Not only do white roofs reflect UV rays more efficiently than dark roofs, but they also don’t heat up nearly as much. This can also greatly contribute to a cooler attic and home.
A lot of people have heard of solar panels, which can help reduce the energy load of your home. For many people, however, their cost may outweigh their benefits. In these cases, a few solar shingles may be the answer.
Solar shingles install right alongside your regular shingles and do not change the profile of your home. Just a few solar shingles can be enough to power a home workshop in the garage, whereas a large section of them may be enough to help offset your energy bills during sunny days. This can enable you to fit solar energy into your home renovation budget, getting at least some of the benefit for less of an upfront cost.
A lot of people focus on the roof itself, while ignoring something that is just as important – if not more important – to the energy efficiency of your home. That is, attic ventilation. Ventilation removes excess heat from your attic year-round, preventing both your attic and your roof from becoming overheated. This, in turn, both protects the longevity of your roof and ensures that the rest of your home doesn’t absorb the extra heat.
Finally, the best thing you can do to help the energy efficiency of your home is to insulate the underside of your roof deck. Insulating this area is often overlooked, which means that heat can transfer easily between your attic and roof. By insulating this area, you can help lower your energy bills by preventing heat from getting in during the summer and escaping during the winter.
Anytime you need to have work done on your home, it’s a good idea to consider the energy efficiency of it at the same time. Often work that costs the same as what it would have originally can help save you hundreds over the lifetime of the project. Go green whenever possible to save.
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