Ways to Make Your Roof Energy Efficient

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Nowadays, most home improvement projects generally involve energy efficiency. Improving the energy efficiency of your house helps elevate the comfort of your home. An energy-efficient home also enables you to reduce monthly electric bills.

Most homeowners focus on upgrading things like heating systems, windows, and doors to improve their energy efficiency. But the roof also needs consideration since it receives sunlight directly. Furthermore, energy-efficient roofs are durable compared to conventional roofs. Discover three ways to help make your roof energy-efficient.

Proper Attic Insulation

Generally, proper attic insulation can help you save up to 15% of energy costs. Attic insulation prevents heat and cold air from entering or leaving your home. For this method to work, you need to completely insulate your attic for better reliability. Poorly insulated roofs trap heat in your attic or let in cold air during winter. Too much hot or cold air means that your air conditioner overwork to cool or heat your home. An overworked air conditioner can raise your energy bills by a considerable margin.

The most common types of attic installation include fibreglass batts, open-cell spray foam and blown-in cellulose. Nevertheless, you need to ensure your entire home is insulated, including the basement. Also, seal all holes on your walls or around your doors and windows.

Use Energy-Efficient Roofing

A cool roof helps to reflect sunlight rather than absorb heat. The less the heat absorbed, the cooler the temperatures in your home. As a result, you don't always need to constantly use your air conditioner to cool your home. This way, you can save on energy costs and enjoy a comfortable indoor environment. Examples of cool roof types include inherently cool roofs, green roofs and coated roofs. If you don't have a cool roof in place, you don't need to replace your entire roof to enjoy energy efficiency. You can also add a protective cool pain coating on your existing roof.

Another good example of an energy-efficient roofing type is metal. Metal roofs are reflective, which means they reflect away much of the sunlight. As a result, they'll absorb less heat allowing your home to cool on unusually hot days. Besides, metals have a low emissivity, and therefore, they release absorbed heat slowly. This property is highly useful during the colder months. The heat inside your home won't escape so easily and you won't have to overwork your air conditioner.

An energy-efficient roof requires in-depth planning before and after installation. Ensure you enlist a local roofing contractor to learn more.

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Ralph's Roofing Blog Hello! My name is Ralph and this is my roofing blog. I first became fascinated with roofing when I was a boy. When my dad was angry at me. I would climb up onto the roof of our house and hide. One afternoon, when I was hiding on the roof, I found myself looking at the tiles and wondering how they fitted together and stayed in place. I decided to spend a couple of months hanging around the local roofing contractors office so I could learn a thing or two. And I did. Although I never became a professional roofer myself, I still remember all of the tips and advice.