The Importance of Roofing Energy Efficiency
When the topic of energy efficiency comes up,Â it’sÂ easy to think of electric cars and solarÂ panels.Â Yet, few people realize how much of anÂ impact energy-efficient roofing options can have on their yearly energy savings. These roofing systems can generate tax breaks, bring home energy bills down, andÂ lower your carbon footprintÂ – all provided at similar pricing for standard roofing materials and installations.Â Let’sÂ go over how energy-efficient roofing canÂ save money and the environment, all while keeping you comfortable in the face of whateverÂ Mother Nature can throw at you.â€¯Â
How Does Your Roofing Affect Energy Costs?
There are potentially dozens of places that can leak yourÂ homes’Â climate-controlled air out into the world:Â looseÂ windows, improperly sealed doors, uninsulated attics or basements, and a roofÂ thatÂ can’tÂ keep yourÂ A/CÂ where itÂ needsÂ to be! Roofs play a significant role in keeping home energy consumption at a manageableÂ level. If installedÂ correctly and made of the appropriate materials, yourÂ roofing canÂ makeÂ a substantial difference in your monthlyÂ energy costs.Â
What is Energy Efficient Roofing?
Energy-efficient roofing is any style of roofing thatÂ reduces the energy consumption of the structure it coversÂ through its material or construction.Â ThisÂ can be accomplishedÂ by installing solar reflecting shingles, adding extra insulation,Â addingÂ or removing vents for moreÂ efficient airflow, or even installingÂ solar panels on your roof.Â All ofÂ these methodsÂ can cause significant energy savings in the long run.â€¯Â
Roofing Provides Valuable Insulation for Your Home
The termÂ “insulation“Â oftenÂ brings to mindÂ the pads of pink fiberglassÂ that restÂ inÂ your attic or the caulkingÂ that runs along your window frames,Â butÂ it’sÂ lessÂ commonÂ toÂ think ofÂ your roofÂ itself asÂ a source of insulation for yourÂ home.
AÂ well-built,Â effectively sealed, and insulated roof can contributeÂ significantlyÂ to your yearly energyÂ savingsÂ by keepingÂ the hotÂ air out inÂ theÂ Summer, theÂ coldÂ airÂ out in theÂ Winter,Â and boosting yourÂ homes’Â energy efficiency year-round.â€¯Â
Aged Roofs Can Increase Energy Costs
On the flip side, if your roof is older, made from less energy-efficient materials, or broken down and poorly ventilated, yourÂ heating and cooling systems will have to work much harderÂ throughout the year to keep your homes’ internal environment comfortable.Â
All ofÂ this extra heating and cooling directly translates to increased energy costs, not to mention putting unnecessary stress on your climate control systems.Â
Benefits of Roofing Energy Efficiency
Installing or updating an energy-efficient roof is an investment in your home in more ways than one. In the short term, increased energy efficiency results in cheaper utility bills and a more comfortable home. In the long run, an updated, modern roof can add to yourÂ homes’Â curb appeal, increase its market value, and reduce yourÂ household’sÂ impact on the environment.â€¯
Reduced Utility Bills and a Comfortable Home
One of the biggest perks of energy-efficient roofing is a two-for-one: You get aÂ coolerÂ home and pay less to keep it that way. Studies have proven that homes withÂ an energy-efficient roof consistently save money on their energy bills, particularly during theÂ SummerÂ months when there is a higher cooling demand. On top of that, you get to beat theÂ summer heat in a cool and comfortable home, from top to bottom.â€¯Â
Reducing Energy Usage is Environmentally Friendly
As we head into a world that is more and more focused on environmental awareness, more and more homeowners are finding ways to use less energy at home to be more environmentally friendly. Lowering the strain your HVAC systems put on the energy grid during peak hours can significantly impact local pollution and fuel use over time, leading to a cleaner and healthier environment for all.â€¯Â
What Types of Roofing are the Most Energy-Efficient?
WhetherÂ you’reÂ looking intoÂ entirely replacing your roofÂ with more energy-efficientÂ roofing materials orÂ you want to stick toÂ aÂ simpler,Â less comprehensive solution like covering yourÂ existingÂ roof with a reflectiveÂ coating,Â you have no shortage ofÂ options. ThereÂ are aÂ wide variety of efficientÂ roofingÂ optionsÂ for everyÂ type of home and homeowner.Â Each one has its own constructionÂ methods,Â roofingÂ materials, andÂ prosÂ andÂ cons.Â
Metal roofing is a superb option ifÂ you’reÂ looking for durability, sustainability, and high reflectivity. OnÂ average, most metal roofs canÂ be expectedÂ to last between 50-80 years.Â They’reÂ lightweight, fireproof, andÂ do an excellent job of reflecting sunlight away from yourÂ roof, keepingÂ your interior temperatures low and your energy bill lower. Metal roofingÂ is availableÂ in many shapes and sub-types, like aluminumÂ orÂ copper, forÂ added customization potential.
Solar Tile Roofing
IfÂ you’reÂ alreadyÂ concernedÂ aboutÂ energy efficiency, whyÂ notÂ doubleÂ downÂ and consider installingÂ aÂ roof thatÂ not onlyÂ cutsÂ down on energy consumption but actually produces energy itself?Â AsÂ opposedÂ toÂ havingÂ largeÂ solarÂ panels juttingÂ out fromÂ yourÂ roofÂ at allÂ angles, solar tiles sit flush onÂ yourÂ roofÂ toÂ maintainÂ the classic appearance of standard tile roofing, withÂ one key difference. These active solarÂ panels absorbÂ sunlightÂ andÂ convertÂ itÂ toÂ electricityÂ that canÂ beÂ sold backÂ toÂ powerÂ companies orÂ storedÂ forÂ future use.
Most often seen in areas with intense heat, such as the American Southwest, tile roofs offer their benefits in the humble form of air circulation. No fancy materials or coatings hereÂ – the magic is in the installation.Â TheseÂ tilesÂ are laid downÂ in an overlapping design that forces air to move up from the eaves on the side of the home up to the ridge of the roof, venting hot air away from the house and providing circulation in the process. The tiles themselves are made of a mix of concrete and clay, perfect for emitting and releasing heat rather than hanging on to it.
Asphalt shingles are a tried-and-true classic, andÂ they’veÂ got theirÂ ownÂ spin on an energy-efficient option. You can purchase and installÂ roof shingles that are infused shingles thatÂ areÂ infusedÂ withÂ reflective granules designed to add extraÂ reflectivity forÂ a smallÂ additionalÂ cost. These special shinglesÂ don’tÂ cost much more thanÂ standard asphalt ones, and most can meetÂ orÂ exceedÂ energyÂ efficiency standards.
Cool Roof Coatings
If you just got your roof redone, orÂ it’sÂ still got a long lease on life,Â cool roof coatings may be your best bet. AÂ uniqueÂ blend of chemicals mixedÂ with whiteÂ paint for bonus solar reflectance can beÂ applied directly overÂ your existing roofing materials to make a considerable difference in yourÂ current energy efficiency. These reflective coatingsÂ are provenÂ to lowerÂ roof temperature at an extremely lowÂ cost compared to installing brandÂ newÂ materials.
Opting for an Energy Efficient Roof
With an ever-growing focus on environmentalism and energy efficiency,Â it’sÂ never been a better time to look into upgrading your home with solar panels and energy-efficient roofing. WhetherÂ you’reÂ interested in modifying your existing roof,Â replacing your current one, or integrating the design into a newly builtÂ home, you have options. Atâ€¯PRQ Exteriors,â€¯we offer anÂ incredible variety of roofing services and products from major brandsÂ like Energy Star to makeÂ your roofing work for you, not against you.â€¯Â
Schedule a Roofing Evaluation Today for Your Home
If you know whatÂ you’reÂ looking for or are unsure about how energy-efficient roofingÂ might benefit youÂ and your home, contact the roofingÂ professionals atâ€¯PRQâ€¯for a complimentary evaluation!