It seems that more and more people are looking into energy-efficient options for their home and lifestyle these days, and for good reason! Cutting back on how much energy we use has a two-pronged positive effect: it reduces what we spend on electricity, heating, and other utilities, and it reduces our individual carbon footprints. Who doesn’t like those outcomes? If you’re updating or redoing your roof and looking to go green while saving some green, we’re happy to help! Learn about some of the best energy-efficient roofing practices.
Have you heard the term “cool roof” before? No, we don’t mean roofs that are really awesome—we’re talking about roofs that keep your home from getting too hot in the summer. Cool roofs are ones that have a reflective surface, reducing how much sunlight and heat reach your home. This could come from reflective paint, tiles, shingles, or a coating/sheet covering. Even if you’re not looking to buy specialized heat-reflective products, think about choosing a lighter color for your roofing material, rather than the standard black. Dark roofs are an inevitable heat trap and can take already-hot temperatures even higher in your home.
Insulate from underneath.
Good insulation always makes your home more energy-efficient, especially near your roof. This is a great, fairly easy way to make your roof more energy-efficient. Without a insulation under your roof, your home will require more heat in the winter and more air conditioning in the summer. If you’re unsure what kind of insulation is best for your home type, ask a roofer.
Consider a green roof.
If you’re all in when it comes to energy-efficient roofing, this may be for you! A green roof is one with many plants or a whole garden. This option offers a number of benefits. First, it’s a great natural insulator. It will both keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. And if you find yourself (and your gutters and yard) overwhelmed with rainwater come the rainy season, having some plants up on the roof helps control that, too. Lastly, you get to enjoy a beautiful space in a unique part of your home. Green roofs are ideal for flat roofs, and you must check with a professional roofer to make sure your roof can handle the weight before you begin any work.
Remember—it’s an investment!
Energy-efficient roofing materials usually come at a higher initial price, which can scare some homeowners away. Almost always, though, the larger price is worth it—you’ll be saving more on future utility bills than you are spending on the purchase itself!
Interested in making your roof more energy-efficient? If you live in southwest Missouri, contact the professionals at Taylor-Made Roofing. With over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial roofing, Taylor-Made Roofing is a company that you can trust with all of your roofing needs. Our family-owned business offers quality services, a reassuring warranty, and free estimates. For more information, please give us a call at 417-326-8778 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!