Your roof is the first line of defense for your home, especially when it comes to the elements. While it protects you from the dangers of Mother Earth, it also is a huge factor in determining your home’s energy efficiency. A poor roof can mean spending hundreds of dollars more per year in electricity bills, while a good roof can help keep that money in your pocket.
If you are experiencing high-energy bills, take a look at our tips on how to improve the energy efficiency of your roof.
Proper Attic Insulation
One of the fastest and easiest ways to boost the energy efficiency of your roof is simply to insulate your attic. While it may sound rudimentary, this is a delicate process and you should always consult a professional in order to get the best results. Yes, it is inexpensive and you may be able to do it yourself, but every house is different and every climate demands a specific type of insulation. Consulting with a professional will help save you time, frustration and will make sure it is done right the first time around.
When an attic is poorly insulated, the heat absorbed from your roof can leak into your house and cause the bedrooms to either be extremely hot or very cold, depending on the season. Thus, in turn, your heating and cooling systems boost into overdrive and cause your energy bills to skyrocket to numbers that may bring tears to your eyes. On the hottest summer days and the coldest winter nights, there is a solution other than sky-high bills. Insulation in your attic helps to combat the harsh temperatures that can occur during summer and winter and will ultimately save you money on your energy bills. Poorly insulated attics do close to nothing to help combat temperatures. This is especially true in older homes, as they may be more worn out and could have had inadequate insulation when you decide to purchase your new forever home.
Roofing professionals will help you ensure that the insulation you decide to move forward with is correct for your home. They can also help you determine exactly how much you need in order to maximize energy efficiency. It’s always best to do something right the first time around rather than spend months, and more money, with trail and error. With the perfect type and level of insulation, you’ll notice results immediately.
Regardless of the type of insulation you move forward with, it is important to remember to leave an air space between your roof and the insulation. This prevents moisture from building up and reduces your chances of mold and mildew.
Cool Down Your Roof
Another way to successfully increase the energy efficiency of your roof is to “cool” it. This doesn’t mean throwing a bunch of ice on top, but rather to lighten the coloring or add a cooling coating.
We’ve all regretfully worn black on the hottest day of the year and suffered more than our white-wearing counterparts. The same effect happens to your roof. Dark colors absorb heat while light colors work to reflect it. This increases the temperature of your home because the heat absorbed through your roof is reflected downward toward your family. This leads to harder working cooling systems and increased energy bills during the summer, especially if you live somewhere that tends to reach record highs every year.
Another way you can combat a dark roof is to add a cooling coating. This allows you to save money by causing a beneficial effect on your energy bills. Professional roofing companies, like Advocate Roofing, are experts in this and can help you reduce heat retention without the hassle of re-roofing. The coating is essentially painted on and causes less heat retention for darker colors. It also helps to increase the UV protection of your roof and creates a waterproof seal. All in all, it has many more benefits other than increased energy efficiency. Again, make sure that you hire a qualified roofer for this procedure if you want it done right the first time around.
Replace it All Together
The last step you can take is to simply replace your roof all together. It may sound expensive, but in the long run it will help you save a ton of money. It’s the perfect opportunity to make sure that your roof is as sustainable as possible and to decrease those pesky bills once and for all. You’ll want to make sure that if you choose to replace your roof, you choose the best option so that you won’t have to replace it again in 10-15 years. If done right, it can last decades.
One thing to consider is the material you’ll want to replace your roof with. There are tons of options available, but if you want something lasting then you should avoid wood. Wood tends to rot and wear out faster than other materials used. You can choose from tiles, membrane roofing, metal, asphalt shingles, concrete and more. Each has it’s specific benefits and a roofing professional will be able to help you determine what is best for your home.
While replacing your entire roof can be expensive at the front-end, it is a strong investment for long-term savings. Remember, proper installation is key – so don’t take shortcuts on this one.
The Importance of a Professional Contractor
Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that the work done to your roof will help improve the energy efficiency of your home. It can’t be stressed enough. They have the experience and knowledge that you need to get the job done right.
With an experienced Milwaukee roofing contractor from Advocate Roofing, the job is done efficiently and with no hidden costs. All of our jobs are done with integrity and durability in mind. We work for your benefit, not ours.
To contact an experienced roofing contractor for your Milwaukee home, please call (414) 386-3900. You can also reach us at our customer service hotline, 888-777-ROOF (7663).