Your roof is the first line of defense for your property, especially against the elements. While it protects you from the dangers of Mother Earth, it is also is a huge factor in determining your home’s energy efficiency.
A poorly-performing roof can mean spending hundreds of dollars more per year in electricity bills. On the flip side, a roof that is working well can help keep that money in your pocket.
If you are experiencing high energy bills, one of the first places you should check is the roof.
One of the fastest and easiest ways to boost the energy efficiency of your roof is to insulate it. While it sounds simple, many property owners overlook this process or try to tackle it on their own. When this happens, it is often done incorrectly.
Insulating a roof is a delicate process; consulting a professional is always a good first step. 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 a professional will save you time, frustration, and ensure that it is done right the first time around.
When an attic is poorly insulated, the heat absorbed from your roof can leak into your home or commercial property, causing the rooms to be extremely hot or very cold, depending on the season. In turn, the heating and cooling systems boost into overdrive and cause your energy bills to skyrocket to numbers that may bring tears to your eyes.
Roofing professionals will help ensure that the insulation you choose is correct for your property. They can also help you determine exactly how much you need in order to maximize the energy efficiency of your roof. It’s always best to do something right the first time around than to waste time and money. With the correct type and level of insulation, you’ll notice results immediately.
It is also 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.
Another way to successfully increase the energy efficiency of your roof is to cool it. This does not mean throwing ice on your roof. Cooling your roof refers to the process of lightening the coloring or adding a cooling coating.
How does this help? Well, think about the last time you wore a black on an extremely hot day. Did you suffer more than your counterparts who were wearing white? The same principle applies to your roof.
Dark colors absorb heat while light colors work to reflect it. This increases the temperature of your home; the heat absorbed through your roof is reflected downward toward the people living or working inside. 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, which allows you to save money by lowering your energy bills. Professional roofing companies 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.
The last step you can take is to simply replace your roof altogether. This is the more costly option, but it can save you money in the long run depending on your needs.
When replacing your roof, you can ensure that it is as sustainable as possible, decreasing your energy-related bills.
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 major thing to consider when replacing your roof is the material. While there are many options available, you’ll want to avoid wood because it tends to rot and wear out faster than other materials used. Instead, you can choose from tiles, membrane roofing, metal, asphalt shingles, concrete and more. Each has its specific benefits and a roofing professional will be able to help you determine what is best for your home.
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. They have the experience and knowledge that you need to get the job done right, the first time.
Advocate Construction gets the job is done efficiently and with no hidden costs. Contact us today or call us at 833-409-ROOF (833-409-7663).