Most homeowners aren’t aware of how much energy efficient roof material options affect their roof’s energy efficiency.
During hot Florida summers, having the right type of roofing material is essential to keep your house cool and comfortable. In fact, according to estimates by Energy Star, having an energy savings roof can reduce peak cooling demand by 10-15% and savings on your energy bills by 7-11%.
While technological processes are advancing rapidly to produce roofing materials with better energy performance, there are still some roofing options that perform better, in terms of energy efficiency, than others.
In this post, we’ll take a look at what are the most energy efficient roof materials and designs you can choose from for your new construction. Also, we’ll give few tips on ways you can make your existing roof more energy efficient.
Most Energy Efficient Roof Material
You know that there are many different types of energy efficient roofing materials available on the market today, but how do you know which is best for energy efficiency?
Here are few roofs material types with high energy efficiency:
Do you want to know what the best roofing material is? Then metal roofs are the clear winner. They are cool, last longer than most roofs, and are fairly lightweight which reduces stress on your home structure. What’s more, they also have excellent energy efficiency ratings because of the metal’s fantastic insulation properties.
With tile roofing, since air can easily circulate under the tiles, it won’t trap excessive heat that may in turn reduce the cooling cost. Because tile roofs can absorb moisture and reflect sunlight better than most materials, they are ideal for dry climates.
Not all asphalt shingles are created equal. Some shingles, like energy-star-rated ones, are more energy efficient. Asphalt roofs with lower emissivity, like Duration® Premium Cool and Supreme Owens Corning shingles, are among the most energy efficient shingles.
Slate shingles are resistant to extreme weather conditions, rot and fire damage. These types of roofs also last for more than a century and they can even outlast your home. Slate shingles are made of 100 percent natural rock, and can easily last twice as long as other kinds of roofs.
While they may not be ideal for residential roofing, they are certainly one cool roof you can also consider. These types of roofs are ideal for urban living such as flats and apartment buildings. They help in keeping down heating and cooling system costs.
Additionally, green roofs provide a rooftop open space where you can enjoy the rooftop garden and greenery. Though be mindful that this type of roof is more expensive than traditional roofs.
Improve Your Existing Home’s Energy Rating
Sometimes the most effective way to save on home heating and cooling costs is just by increasing your home’s energy efficiency rating. However, there are some things that you can do before spending money to improve your existing roofing system:
- You should consider adding additional insulation in the attic and crawlspaces. This will add an extra layer of protection against the cold and heat.
- Be sure to seal any cracks in the windows, doors and skylights. Consider replacement windows if your current ones are old and drafty.
- Change your HVAC filters regularly so it can work at peak efficiency without having to run constantly.
- Consider installing programmable thermostats. These will automatically adjust the temperature in your home when you are out or asleep, which can save you significant money over time.
Sometimes improving your home’s energy rating is not always about getting brand new roofing. Sometimes it’s as simple as doing one of the above tips to make your home much more energy-efficient than it is right now.
Save energy and improve your home’s look with energy efficient shingles
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Energy-efficient shingles installed by the roofing experts at Allstate Construction Roofing can help reduce heat in the attic and any heat going into the house, helping to keep your home cooler in the summer and your air conditioning bills lower. Schedule A FREE Inspection.
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