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Roofing Materials to Help Keep My Heating Bill Down

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When it comes time to replace the roof on your existing home, or if you’re building a new home, we’d encourage you to consider energy efficient roofing.

Why is Energy Efficient Roofing Important?

You may be wasting a significant amount of money on your energy bill due to your current roofing materials without even realizing it. Because your roof is the first defense against heat and cold, having a poorly insulated roof with low-efficiency roofing material can lead to higher energy bills. Without the proper insulation and roofing materials, your roof won’t hold in heat in the winter or keep your house cool in the summer.

What Options are Available for Energy Efficient Roofs?

There are several options for energy efficient roofing on the market today and some states even offer tax rebates to install this type of roofing. You’ll want to make sure your roofing materials are Energy Star certified, which means they meet certain criteria for energy efficiency such as solar reflectance.

It’s important to note that color and material play a part in how your roofing materials will save energy. If you live in a warmer climate with plenty of sunshine, you would want to use a lighter colored material to reflect the suns rays and the reverse is true if you live in a colder climate. Darker roofing materials absorb the suns energy and will keep your home warmer. Then, of course, the insulation does its part by keeping that heat in or out.

The type of material you choose should depend on your desired aesthetic and the climate where you live. Options include shingles—both asphalt and shake as well as tile, metal or slate. You’ll want to review the pros and cons of each option, depending on your needs.

Shingles

Shake shingles are durable and can withstand wind and also allow better air circulation. Shake is visually appealing as well. Unfortunately, wood rot and mildew can become an issue with shake, so if you live in a very wet climate you may want to consider asphalt shingles instead. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and offer lower maintenance although algae growth may still be an issue. Fortunately, there are preventative coatings available.

Tile

The two major drawbacks of tile are the weight and the expense. Tile is extremely heavy and may require reinforcing your roof. It is also fairly costly. A major positive of tile is the visual appeal, especially on southwest style homes. Tile is also long-lasting and fire resistant.

Metal

Metal is a common option. The pros of metal roofing are that it’s fire resistant, long lasting and lightweight. On the downside, if there is damage it is much harder to replace single small sections of roofing. Metal is also prone to impact damage.

Slate

Like tile, slate has a wonderful aesthetic appeal and longevity. Slate is slightly less expensive than tile but has the same drawbacks. There is complex installation involved with slate and it’s also a very heavy roofing material. But a slate roof does increase the value of your home, so that’s something to consider.

With so many options available, you should have no problem upgrading to an energy efficient roof. So contact your local roofing expert and start saving money on your energy bill.

If you are curious about taking the next steps towards saving money and the Earth, check out if your house is a good candidate for solar panels. Also, we have a fantastic partnership with the markets best energy efficient roofing experts, check it out and give us a ring with any questions you may have.