The short answer is yes, a roof can improve energy efficiency. How is this possible, you ask? That’s a great question! Energy-efficient roofing is designed to release the heat of the sun’s rays by reflecting it away from your home. This will help prevent high temperatures from being absorbed by your home’s interior.
Along with the specific material used outside the roof, a few other vital factors work together to achieve optimal efficiency. In this blog, our experts at Rooftop Designs explain what factors are included in the process and their importance.
There are many different types of materials that we use to roof a house. Some examples of energy-efficient materials include:
These materials are some of the most efficient because of their reflective qualities. Metal and tile roofs are the best options when reflecting the rays away from your home, whereas asphalt shingles will vary in reflectability. If you are interested in an asphalt roof, we recommend choosing the “cool roof shingles” because of the special granules that promote sun reflection.
In addition to choosing the right material, color is also important. Light-colored roofs stay cooler than dark-colored ones. Dark colors absorb heat far easier than light colors.
Not only does the outside of the roof affect heat gain, but what is under the roof is also a leading factor. To prevent heat from being trapped in the roofing cavity, vents are essential to help pull cool air in to push the warm air up and out.
These are the parts of the roof that provide shade to the home by hanging over the home’s exterior. When installed correctly, eaves will block the sun during hot months while also allowing sunlight to warm the house during colder months.
Insulation is designed to keep heat inside during the colder months. It is important to install insulation under your roof to prevent the heat from escaping when it rises to the ceiling. If a roof is not properly insulated, heat will continue to seep out during cold weather, inevitably causing your heating system to work harder than it should.
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At Rooftop Designs we are dedicated to educating our clients about the best options for your home. For more information on energy-efficient roofing, call our experts at (855) 741-0575!