As a homeowner, energy efficiency is important for saving money and keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. In fact, nearly half the money you spend on utilities go towards heating and cooling your home.

Especially during the summer and winter seasons, energy costs go through the roof—literally! Your roof is the best protection against the heat and the cold. That’s why having a quality roofing system makes a huge difference in the energy efficiency and climate control of your home.

Here are a few tips to improve the energy efficiency of your roof:

Add insulation

Extra insulation and ventilation in your home help to keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Poorly insulated homes won’t protect the indoors from extreme temperatures and use more energy to combat them.

You can improve the insulation by adding material to your home’s envelope, which includes the walls, floors, attic and roof. The attic is usually top priority since installing insulation there is easy and effective. However, it’s also crucial not to forget about the roof. Proper insulation in the roof will keep heat indoors and reduce the time your heating system has to work during the cold months.   

Pick a reflective roofing material

There are many different types of roofing materials, each with different looks and protective properties. When deciding what kind of energy efficient roofing material to go with, consider which type would be appropriate for your specific residential location and the weather you experience there.

Some popular energy efficient roofing materials include asphalt shingles, cedar shingles, tile roofing and metal roofing. The key to having an energy efficient roof in the summer is solar reflectance. Your roofing material contributes to the SPF factor of your home, so choose a roof that will reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorb them. Weatherproof materials will also save your home from using energy.

Choose a light-colored roof

If you live in a hot area, a cool roof can be achieved by being lighter in color. Light colored roofs save energy by reflecting the sun’s rays away.

With dark roofs, the color absorbs and conducts heat at an even higher temperature than outdoors. This causes rooms inside to get hot and air conditioners to work hard, therefore, raising the energy bill. You can treat some dark roof with reflective coatings after they’ve been installed, or even paint a roof lighter to save energy.

When re-roofing your home or deciding on roofing options for a new place, it’s a great opportunity to think of how to make your home as sustainable and energy efficient as possible. Although a quality roof may be expensive, installing energy efficient materials will pay for itself and save you lots of money and pain in the future.

Remember to consider the conditions facing your roof and the climate you live in to gain a solid understanding of what your roof requires. Be sure to consult with your roofing contractor to install insulation and an energy-saving roofing system or discover the best and most effective materials for your home.     

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