As summer rapidly approaches, it is not uncommon for homeowners to look for ways to make their homes more energy efficient. Sometimes, the roof holds the answer to saving money on energy costs. If you are thinking of hiring a contractor for a new roof, here is what you need to consider to conserve on energy.
Are Dark or Light Shingles Best?
Your shingles play an important role in keeping heat loss to a minimum. They also can help reflect sunlight away from your home, which means energy savings for you. Although the aesthetics of the shingles might be your top concern, you also need to consider whether or not dark or light shingles are best.
Dark-colored shingles might be more appealing for your home, but they also absorb more heat than light-colored shingles. The absorbed heat is then transferred into your home, which results in your HVAC system working overtime to keep the home cool.
By contrast, light-colored shingles have a better Energy Star rating and they reflect more sunlight.
Is It Possible to Make Dark Shingles More Efficient?
If you are committed to using dark shingles on your home, there are a couple of steps you can take to possibly make them more energy efficient. For instance, you can have the shingles painted with a cool roof coating. The coating is clear and makes your shingles more reflective.
Another option is to add a higher quality insulation to your attic. The heat from the roof enters through the attic, and, if it is poorly insulated, you can experience higher temperatures in the home. A spray foam insulation provides solid protection from the heat and also helps keep the cool air in your home.
Are There Other Energy Efficient Roofing Types?
You are not restricted to having only a shingle roof. There are other roofing types that are energy efficient and probably within your budget. For instance, a metal roof is reflective and can be considered a cool roof if it is painted with a special coating.
You also have the option of installing a green roof. A green roof consists of plants or other types of vegetation spread across your roof with an irrigation system to provide nourishment. A green roof requires maintenance and needs to be built on a foundation that is strong enough to support it.
A roofing contractor can help you determine which roofing type is best for your home so that you can save on your energy costs.
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19 April 2016
For years, my wife and I debated on what we wanted to do with all of the spare land in the back of our house. We were lucky enough to buy a house on an extra-large lot for a great deal, but the land was "going to waste" for quite a while. One day, we finally decided to have a guest house built on it, and now that the house is finished, we wish we had built it long ago. We are now renting it out for some extra income, and it is helping us save for retirement. I have always been fascinated by construction, so I enjoyed watching the professionals build the guest house and learned a lot during the process. I decided to fill some free time by blogging about the experience and sharing some construction info I learned during the process. Come back soon!