Why Make your Roof More Energy Efficient?Published on Monday December 19, 2022
Energy-efficient roof options are easier on the environment and can be easier on the wallet long-term. However, does a new roof really help energy efficiency? The answer to that question is a resounding yes!
If you’re considering energy-efficient roof shingles or wondering if tile roofs are energy efficient, you’ve come to the right place. Use this energy-efficient roof guide from Long Roofing to help you find the perfect solution for your home.
Does a New Roof Help Energy Efficiency?
A new energy-efficient roof that’s installed properly using quality materials can certainly help increase the energy efficiency of your home. If the installation is done poorly, however, performance, longevity, and home energy savings may be reduced.
When choosing a roofing contractor, do your research to ensure you are working with a top-quality company. Make sure the contractor employs licensed roofing professionals and offers insurance and a solid warranty to back its service.
Benefits of Proper Installation for an Energy-Efficient Roof
Ensuring that your roof is installed properly is key if you’re looking to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. Proper installation will improve your roof’s ability to vent warm air, extend the life of your roof, and will protect your home structure. Here’s how:
Improves the Ventilation
Ventilation in general can be defined as the circulation of fresh air around a closed space. When we’re talking about ventilation in a roofing system, we’re talking about air ventilation in the attic. An energy-efficient roof is one with superior ventilation.
When a roof is poorly installed, it does not have proper ventilation. On a 100-degree day, that attic can be as high as 140 degrees. The upstairs area of your home is going to be hotter, requiring your AC to work even harder. With proper ventilation, it could bring the heat down to about 115, keeping it much cooler upstairs.
A qualified roofing contractor knows that roof ventilation systems vary from home to home. There are several factors to consider, such as the code requirements, regional climate, and roof designs.
Extends the Life of Your Roof
When your roof is installed by skilled professionals using quality, durable products, it simply lasts longer. Not only are you saving money on utility costs, but you are also saving more in the long run with an energy-efficient roof that lasts substantially longer than a traditional roof.
A roof’s lifespan varies based on the materials used and its style. For example, a typical asphalt roof lasts on average 10-15 years.
Protects Your Home Structure
An improperly installed roof can result in damage to your attic, walls, and foundation. When the roof performance and longevity are compromised due to improper installation, the energy efficiency of the entire home is reduced.
Environmental Benefits of an Energy-Efficient Roof
An energy-efficient roof is not only good for your wallet but also good for the environment. An environmentally friendly roof helps to conserve energy and reduce pollution and waste.
If one homeowner can reap the benefits of home energy savings from one roof, imagine the total impact globally. According to Eco Building Pulse, “properly insulated roofing systems have a potential energy savings of more than 700 trillion Btu each year.”
Long Roofing offers a solar-reflective asphalt roofing shingle that radiates heat far more effectively than a traditional shingle. The shingle’s advanced colored granules work to reduce “thermal shock,” meaning that you’re saving energy and cooling the temperature of your roof.
Lowering the temperature of the roof does more than lower your utility costs. A cooler roof can benefit the environment by mitigating the heat radiated into the atmosphere and reducing air pollution. This is especially important in larger cities.
As simple as it sounds, installing a long-lasting roof is one of the most impactful environmentally responsible roofing choices you can make. Installing a roofing system that lasts twice as long as a builder-grade roof uses substantially less material and produces half the waste.
More and more companies are responding to societal demands for environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. Companies like CertainTeed consider the entire lifecycle of the product and its effect on the environment. The life cycle assessment considers product processing, distribution, maintenance, and disposal.
Interested in an Energy Efficient Roof?
A well-constructed roof made of high-quality materials is energy efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible. This can make your home more affordable and more comfortable.
If you think you may need a new roof and are interested in an energy-efficient option, contact Long Roofing at online to request an estimate. Our team of experts will provide a personalized assessment of your roofing needs and have the project completed in no time!
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