Your home should be a place of comfort, providing cool temperatures in the summer and ensuring warmth in the winter. But energy bills can be expensive, especially for larger spaces or homes in locations where energy costs are higher. In addition, concerns about the environment have more and more people seeking alternative methods of temperature control in their homes to cut down on energy use. Luckily for home and business owners, there’s an easy solution in the form of energy-efficient shingles.
While conversations about roofing don’t normally inspire excitement in most people, those looking to create a more energy-efficient home should pay attention. Roofing can be one of the more expensive home repair projects, but choosing the right kinds of materials can not only make your home more attractive and improve the resale value, but it can also help lower your monthly electric bills.
People who live in particularly warm climates, such as those in Florida, Texas, or Arizona, can save a ton of money over the course of their home’s lifetime by educating themselves about energy efficient shingles. Even though it’s not a common item for people to think about when creating an energy-efficient home, selecting the best type of energy-efficient shingles for the job can really make a difference in energy efficiency.
ENERGY STAR Rating
If you’ve ever shopped for home appliances, you’ve probably seen the Energy Star seal from the U.S. Department of Energy. This seal designates the appliance, or roofing material in this case, as having met the standard for environmental friendliness and energy use. ENERGY STAR rated materials have been tested and determined to reflect more of the sun’s heat than comparable materials. Choosing the proper roofing materials can decrease the roof’s surface temperature by up to 50F, which in turn can reduce the demand put on air conditioners by up to 15 percent.
Does Roof Color Matter?
While common sense may lead you to believe that a lighter color roof provides for a more energy-efficient home than a darker roof, it’s a bit more complicated than that. While it’s true that traditionally lighter colors reflect more heat, homeowners should care more about the type of roofing materials chosen than the color. Climate is another factor to take into consideration. Homes in warmer climates have a much easier choice selecting a light-colored roof, while those in colder locations are usually better off selecting energy-efficient shingles in a darker color to help absorb additional heat during the cooler winter months. Regardless of the type of roofing, you select, chances are you’ll find a color you like in a product that suits your needs. That’s why we recommend settling on material first and color second.
Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material for residential homes because they’re inexpensive and easy to install. Unfortunately, they’re also poor heat reflectors, regardless of their color. While they may seem like the cost-saving option upfront, if you’re looking to create an energy-efficient home and save money in the long run, you’re better off investing in energy-efficient shingles.
In terms of both style and energy savings, a metal roof is one of the best options. It’s also one of the most popular materials you’ll see when searching for ENERGY STAR materials. Offered in a wide variety of color choices, metal roofing tends to have the highest level of heat reflection values. Metal roofs can be constructed as larger panels or fashioned into more traditional singles. They’re also relatively easy to install. This means that if you’re looking to create an energy-efficient home, yet are also particular about the curb appeal your home will have, metal roofing can be the perfect option for you.
Another option for homeowners looking to save money with energy-efficient roofing is a tile roof. Tile roofs can be made from slate, concrete, or clay. While many tiles are treated with an energy-efficient coating before being installed, there are also several options for adding a reflective coating after the fact. In addition to their coating, each tile is installed individually. The spacing around the tiles helps encourage a natural flow of air that reduces the amount of heat transferred from the roof to the structure below.
Just remember, if you want to ensure you have the most energy-efficient home possible, you also need to have the proper amount of insulation in your attic. Adding fans and structural components known as rafters can help encourage air to circulate, further dropping temperatures in your attic. If you’re upgrading your roof but have a less-than-ideal attic set-up, we encourage you to consider including your attic in your upgrades to make the most of your new energy-efficient roofing.
Make it Green
If you’re really looking to take your roofing to the next level, or if you want to go above and beyond in creating an energy efficient home, there’s always the option of investing in a green roof. No, not with paint. A green roof is a rooftop garden that is installed on top of a flat roof. Though adding a green roof to your home can be a major project — often with an equally major price tag — they are terrific at not only reducing the amount of energy needed to cool your home, but they can also provide a source of food for your family as well. While energy-efficient shingles may provide you with a more energy-efficient home, a green roof can elevate you to an energy-efficient lifestyle.
Regardless of the type of roofing you choose, Model City Roofing is here to help. Let our certified, licensed, and insured professionals help you with all aspects of your project. Whether it’s a simple repair or a complete commercial build, we offer 100 percent financing and top warranty coverage with no interest and no payments for 18 months. Visit our website for more information. Call us today at 1-888-552-1028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free estimate.