A relatively simple and inexpensive way to make your roof more energy efficient is to make sure you have adequate insulation.
Poorly insulated attics don’t provide a home with the protection it needs to fight extreme temperatures and reduce energy costs. This is especially true for older homes, which normally have less insulation than newly built homes.
While adding new insulation to a poorly insulated attic has some benefits, it is important to know the optimal amount and type of insulation to use.
Cooling roof coating
Another method of increasing the energy efficiency of your roof is to add a coating or cooling material to the roof.
Anyone who has worn black in the summer sun knows the impact dark colors have on heat retention. The same principle applies to your roof: the darker the roof, the more heat is retained. A qualified roofer can apply a coating to the roof, such as cold paint, to reduce heat retention.
Coating your roof can reduce thermal energy costs and increase UV protection and waterproofing, in addition to other benefits, such as extending the life of your roof.
Replacement of shingles
Replacing aging shingles can also offer increased protection from the sun. With many cooling options available, with each home requiring a specific solution, homeowners should schedule a roof inspection with a roofing contractor before deciding on the best cooling strategy to use.
Energy efficient roofing materials
While adding roof insulation and cooling materials are inexpensive and easy options that can greatly improve the energy efficiency of your roof, sometimes you will be left with roof replacement as the only option. When adding a new roof to your home, energy efficiency should be a major factor in your decision.
There are a number of energy efficient roofing materials available. For example, metal roofing, although initially more expensive than shingles, provides significant savings on energy bills over the life of its lifespan. Proper installation is essential, so contact an experienced roofing contractor for advice.