Finding Energy Efficiency In Roofing Upgrades

Adding Energy Efficiency to Your Roof

During the warmer months, the roof on top of your home soaks in a lot of heat. It makes the air conditioner and ceiling fans inside your family’s home work that much harder to keep the inside air cooled to a comfortable temperature. Fortunately there are ways you can add energy efficiency to the roof of your home.

If you are building a new home, it is easy to make plans to ensure that your roof stays cool as a cucumber throughout the most sweltering summer temperatures. If you have an existing roof, however, then you can convert it to make it more energy efficient.

One way to convert an existing roof is to retrofit the surface with material that reflects heat and therefore deflecting it away from the home, which in turn keeps the inside cooler. You can try having the roof covered over with a waterproof surface. Finally, you might consider having the old roof replaced with one that is cooler and more energy efficient.

A cool roof makes use of materials that naturally deflect the sunlight so that less is absorbed into the roof itself. Builders use reflective paints made for roofing, a type of sheet covering, or tiles and shingles designed to reflect the light. Having a cool roof installed can minimize the temperature of its surface, lowering it by about 50 degrees Fahrenheit compared to that of a traditional roof.

As more homes are built or retrofit with cool roofs, entire neighborhoods and communities can reap he advantages because power plants will emit less emissions. These roofs can also lower the temperatures of the outside air, which can lower the temperatures in urban areas, such as that of cities in Northern Texas.

Another option is to install a green roof atop your family’s home. If your home has a roof with a shallow pitch, which is typical for many types of urban dwellings, then your roof may include something basic like shallow plant cover, to a full blow garden where you can grow herbs and vegetables.

Green roofs work to help better insulate your family’s home, which lowers the utility bills for both heating and cooling. Green roofs, like cool ones, can also help lower the temperature of the outdoors within urban areas, such as suburbs or within the boundaries of a city.

Regardless of the type of energy efficient roof you choose, it is imperative that you contact someone with the experience and skill to do the job. An energy efficient roof is the first step to enjoying a more eco-friendly lifestyle, as it offers benefits not only to your family, but also your whole neighborhood.