Nobody wants to pay high energy bills. Unfortunately, many homeowners spend too much on heating and cooling their home because their roof is not energy efficient. There are some easy roofing updates available for home and business owners that can save them energy and money. Some of the most popular methods are listed below.
First thing to do before doing anything is to determine whether or not you are spending too much to heat and cool your home.
Reflective Coats and Whitewashing
Have you ever noticed that the top floor of your house is warmer than the bottom floor? This could be due to your roof. In the United States, slate is the most commonly used roofing material, but it is not terribly energy efficient. First, slate is black, which means it absorbs sunlight and heat. Secondly, slate is very thin, which means all that absorbed heat passes through the roof and down into your home or business. Thankfully, this problem can be fixed quickly and cheaply by painting your roof white or adding a reflective coat. White natural reflects sunlight, keeping your roof from absorbing too much heat.
Single-Ply over Built-Up
Built-up roofs, commonly called BUR or bitumen roofing, are usually used for commercial buildings. However, much like other old-fashioned roofing materials, built-up roofs are not energy efficient. They use layers of asphalt, coal tar, and aggregate to cover the top of the building. Asphalt and coal tar both quickly absorb heat. Their poor energy performance is one of the reasons many business owners are choosing to re-roof their buildings with single-ply membranes. Built from highly reflective insulated materials, single-ply roofs are quickly gaining interest. Some types, such as Duro Last, are even certified as Energy Star compliant by the EPA.
Long-lasting Metal Roofing
Once the domain of warehouses and sheds, metal roofing materials are quickly becoming popular with homeowners. This is due to several reasons. First, metal roofs last on average 2-3 times longer than other roofing materials. Secondly, the metal is shaped into attractive designs that look like slate, tile, and even shake. Thirdly, metal roofs are more energy efficient than other materials. Metal is reflective, which means it does not absorb sunlight. Therefore, not only will a metal roof last a lifetime, it will also keep your energy costs down as well.
These are just some suggestions for remodeling a roof to make it energy efficient. With so many options to choose from, there has never been a better time for updating. Don't waste your money on high bills because of your roof.