With steadily increasing energy costs, investing in energy-efficient home improvements makes more sense nowadays. Energy-efficient roofing is one such home improvement that can bring enormous benefits in the long run. Euclid Roofing and Siding, Inc. takes an in-depth look at how roofing energy efficiency can be improved.
What Affects Your Home’s Energy Efficiency?
The roof is part of your home’s energy envelope, which also consists of the attic, exterior walls and fenestrations (windows, entry doors, and skylights). Ideally, this enclosure should have sufficient insulation to prevent heat transfer and maintain consistent indoor temperatures. Insulated walls and fenestrations prevent heat loss during cold days, and heat gain during hot days, minimizing the need for the HVAC system to compensate. This results in energy savings.
Sunlight, particularly invisible infrared rays, is a major source of heat. Inefficient roofing will readily absorb this heat, radiate it into the indoor living space and push the air conditioning system to pump out more cool air to compensate. Unwanted heat can also accelerate roof aging, as well as potentially damage the roofing structure. Other invisible rays such as UV can also cause damage to the outer roofing material.
This is where energy-efficient roofing comes in. Sunlight, including the invisible parts, can be reflected back up to the source on a light-colored surface, just like how wearing a light-colored shirt can keep you cool under the sun. if your roof is up for replacement, make sure you include energy-efficiency as a criterion. Light-colored metal roofs are a popular choice among homeowners and commercial property owners. Copper roofs are naturally reflective, making them a good long-term choice. Manufacturers such as GAF also offer products like GAF Timberline® Cool Series® and Timberline HD® Reflector Series™ shingles. Alternatively, a roof garden can utilize the sunlight and minimize heat absorption.
Attic insulation is likewise important and should be checked for water damage. Foam insulation provides a dense insulating layer that can be installed under the roof deck, complementing insulated attic floors. A well-insulated attic is also less likely to form ice dams during winter.
To learn more about energy-efficient roofing, call Euclid Roofing and Siding, Inc. today at (844) 202-9111. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We serve many areas in and near Chicago and Palatine, IL.