Maximizing The Energy Efficiency Of Your Home's New Roof

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Maximizing The Energy Efficiency Of Your Home's New Roof

26 May 2023
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When considering a new roof for your home, it is essential to factor in energy efficiency. A well-designed and energy-efficient roof can significantly reduce your monthly utility bills, improve your home's comfort, and even help you qualify for tax rebates or incentives. 

Tip: Use Light-Colored Roofing Materials

Light-colored roofing materials, such as white or light grey shingles, are more reflective than their darker counterparts. This means they absorb less heat from the sun and keep your attic cooler during the hot summer months. In turn, this reduces the need for air conditioning and lowers your energy bills.

Some popular light-colored roofing materials include white or grey asphalt shingles, metal roofs with reflective coatings, and cool roof systems. When choosing a material for your new roof, consult a professional roofer who can help you make an informed decision based on aesthetics, durability, and cost-efficiency.

Tip: Install Skylights Or Solar Tubes

Installing skylights or solar tubes in strategic locations of your house can provide natural daylighting that warms up rooms during winter months while reducing the need for artificial lighting sources like lamps and overhead lights.

Modern skylights often come equipped with insulated glazing units that minimize heat gain during summer months by blocking out sunlight when closed fully. This helps maintain comfortable indoor temperatures without overburdening HVAC systems.

Tip: Use A Radiant Barrier

A radiant barrier is a reflective material installed on the underside of a roof deck or in the attic that reflects heat away from the building's interior rather than absorbing it. This minimizes heat transfer into your home, reducing the need for air conditioning during hot months. Homeowners often assume that this barrier is only needed for metal roofing. However, it can be effective for almost any type of roofing system.

A professional roofer can install a high-quality radiant barrier as part of your new roof installation. Regular inspections and maintenance will ensure that the barrier remains in good condition and continues to function effectively for years to come.

Tip: Upgrade Your Attic Ventilation

Proper attic ventilation is crucial for maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures year-round, particularly during summers when heat can build up inside your home's uppermost spaces. When choosing a ventilation system, make sure to account for both intake and outflow to ensure maximum effectiveness.

Upgrading to an efficient attic ventilation system or improving your existing setup can help regulate indoor temperatures more effectively by allowing hot air to escape while drawing cooler air into the space. This reduces strain on HVAC systems and lowers energy bills by minimizing cooling needs during sweltering weather.

To find out more, speak to a roofing contractor today. 

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Communicating With Your General Contractor

Nothing is more frustrating than deciding on a construction project, only to be bombarded by a long list of problems during the construction phase. Unfortunately, if you work with the wrong person, you might become pretty familiar with issues. About five years ago, I hired one of my neighbors to renovate my bathroom. Although the mere idea sounds ridiculous now, at the time it seemed like a natural solution to a real problem. Unfortunately, as soon as he got started, I knew that he didn't know what he was doing. This blog is all about communicating effectively with your general contractor—before he or she starts work.