Energy Efficient Roofing
If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably heard a lot about energy-efficient windows, doors, and appliances. But did you know that your roof can also be energy-efficient? Turner Roofing has the scoop on how Maryland homeowners can make their home roof cooler and more energy-efficient.
What is a “cool roof”?
The design of a cool roof allows it to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat compare to a standard roof. It is the same principle as wearing light-colored clothing on a hot, sunny day.
What are the benefits of more energy efficient roofing in Maryland?
Standard roofs can get as hot as 150°F on a sunny, summer day, but a cool roof could have a temperature of more than 50°F cooler. The lower temperature requires less power from air conditioning on hot days, and so can help reduce energy bills. This can also help lower peak energy demand, reducing the risk of power outages.
A cooler roof also can increase comfort in homes without air conditioning, or those spaces that do not have access to the building’s air conditioning, such as garages, attics, or patios. A lower roof temperature also may help the roof last longer.
When many buildings in a particular area have cooler, energy-efficient roofing, this may reduce local air temperatures, also known as the urban heat island effect.
How can you make your roof “cool”?
There are several ways you can lower the temperature of your roof and increase its energy efficiency.
One way is to choose more efficient roofing materials, such as:
- Asphalt shingles
- Shake shingles
The specific material you choose will depend on your home’s roof style, your home’s style, and your budget. Look specifically for Energy Star-certified materials.
A second method is to insulate beneath your roof. Homes that lack an insulated roof, or that have inadequate insulation, have greater heating and cooling needs.
The right insulation can reduce a home’s energy bills and emissions. While the type of insulation will depend on your home and climate, it is best to have an air space between the insulation and roofing material.
Want a cooler roof?
For more information about replacing or renovating your roof to make it more energy-efficient, contact the experts at Turner Roofing.