In these days of high energy costs and concerns about global warming, everyone wants to know how to make their homes more energy efficient. Whether you are installing a new roof or trying to make your existing one better, there are several changes you can make to your roof to help improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Lighten your roof
Everyone knows that lighter colors conduct less heat. That’s why many of us wear light and white clothing in the summer. Dark colors on your roof absorb more heat, causing your home’s cooling system to work harder to keep your home cool in the summer months.
Consider adding a cool or reflective roof coating to your existing roof. These coatings can help to reflect heat away from your roof and even extend the life expectancy of your roof. If you’re putting a new roof on your home, choose light colored roofing materials that will deflect, rather than absorb heat.
Insulation should be one of the first things you think about when you want to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Both poor quality and old insulation in the attic can increase the amount of work your home’s heating and cooling systems have to do. Check your home’s insulation and replace or upgrade if it makes sense. This is one investment that will definitely pay for itself in energy savings.
If you are adding a new roof to your home, you should consider using sustainable materials in light colors for your project. Sustainable materials are better for the environment and lighter colors will help to keep your home cooler in the summer months. Simply choosing the right product for your home’s roof can result in an energy savings of up to 30 percent.
Be sure to talk with your roofing professional to determine the best options for energy efficiency, as well as which materials make the most sense in your particular climate.
Do you want to find out how you can make your home’s roof more energy efficient? Call RSG Construction, Kansas City’s premium roofing contractor, at 816.866.4235 for your complimentary consultation.
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