You can make your house more energy-efficient by investing in a quality roof and other home improvement projects. According to the Federal Trade Commission, half of the money spent on utility bills are allocated to heating and cooling the home.
The roof is the first line of defense versus the elements. It should have great insulation to prevent heat from entering too much during summer. In the winter, the roof should be able to store heat longer to lessen the heater usage.
A quality roof has a high solar reflectance rating and high emittance. High solar reflectance bounces energy back into the environment, while high emittance efficiently releases solar heat absorbed.
Roofs with high solar reflectance are capable of reducing harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation — just look for that ENERGY STAR® label before making your roofing purchase. This ensures the roof that you have is a certified energy-efficient product.
R-value measures how much insulation a roof has. A higher value means it can significantly resist heat transfer and trap heat better. In warmer climates, a light-colored roof coating can reduce surface temperature by 28 to 44 degrees celsius. This is on top of high solar reflectance and emittance. Coat the roof in a darker color if you want it to absorb heat better in cool climates.
Aside from the coating, roofing material also contributes to energy efficiency. The most energy-efficient materials are clay tile and concrete roof. Their absorption quality is unparalleled by metal and aluminum, which heat up easily. Like a high-quality fence installation, initial installation may cost more, but it will bring big savings because of how much heat it can absorb.
Minnesota’s 1st Choice is the leading home improvement company in Rochester, MN that can assess what roof you need. We only work with the best brands to come up with the best solution for you. Call us at (507) 200-4422.