How To Save On Your Energy Bill When Replacing Your Roof
Your roof can allow much of the heat in your home to escape during the heating season, and absorb heat when it's time to turn on the air conditioning. Both of these events can place a strain on your heating and cooling systems as well as your energy bills.
When it's time to replace your existing roof, you can recoup some of the installation costs, make your home more comfortable, and help to protect the environment by investing in some additional roof replacement services.
Roof Replacement Services That Save on Energy Costs
You can reduce your energy costs through the use of additional layers of roofing materials that keep heat inside of your home in winter, and outside of your home in summer.
Reflective Shingles and Sealants
Pitched roofs that are having shingles replaced will benefit from the use of shingles that receive an ENERGY STAR rating from the EPA. These types of shingles are embedded with reflective components that repel the sunshine, along with its heat.
Flat roofs that are composed of layers of black tar and roofing felt can be covered with a reflective seal coating that provides the same heat-deflecting benefits, as well as adding extra protection against leaks.
Double-sided radiant barriers reduce the transfer of heat through your roof. They are composed of sheets of aluminum-coated material that is installed on your roof before the addition of roofing materials in a residential roofing installation. Radiant barriers can be used on either flat or pitched roofs.
Green Roofing Systems That Save on Energy Costs
Your roof can also be used to convert sunlight into energy savings through the installation of a green roofing system. This type of roofing system may be as simple as sealing your roof with a rubber membrane, then adding a few inches of topsoil and some hardy ground cover.
You can also go the extra mile and transform your roof into a garden, with small trees, shrubbery, and potted plants, providing an urban oasis for your home.
Green roofing systems provide additional insulation that blocks the heat of the sun in summer and help to retain indoor heat during the winter months. Rooftop surface temperatures as well as ambient temperatures near green roofing are substantially lower than traditional roofs, which also benefits the surrounding area.
Green roofing systems also help to filter rainwater as well as slow the volume of runoff from roofs, helping to minimize ground level erosion as well as contamination of local groundwater and waterways.
Going green saves plenty of "green" over the life of the systems and provides a way to be part of the solution and not the problem of environmental issues caused by excessive energy use.