When it comes to home improvement projects, replacing an old roof is one of the bigger ones. Although it is often unavoidable, it can be a costly, lengthy, and fairly disruptive project. Fortunately, the improvement to the look, function, and value of your home outweighs any expense and inconvenience.
Along with the other benefits, replacing the roof of your home is a great opportunity to make your home more energy efficient. The continually rising costs of electricity and the increased awareness of how energy consumption impacts the environment make this aspect of roof replacement well worth considering.
If you’d like to increase your home’s energy efficiency to make it more sustainable and eco-friendly, then here are four features to consider adding to your home’s new roof.
Effective insulation is arguably the best way to make a home more energy efficient. If your home was built before the 1960s, it is probably grossly under-insulated or completely lacking in insulation entirely. Even many homes built at a later date may be ineffectual, degraded, or a far cry from meeting today’s high standards of performance and efficiency.
Roof replacement is the perfect time to add or upgrade your home’s roof insulation. It will make installation easier and more precise, and it also means the insulation won’t be negated by leaks or poor sealing. You can expect to reduce your energy bills by an incredible
30% on average.
2. A Skylight
Another excellent addition to include when replacing the roof of your home is one or more skylights. These could be traditional skylight windows that are set into the roof or light tunnels that work better if you have an attic space. Both of these products are excellent ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home.
Skylights increase the energy efficiency of a home by introducing more natural light. This reduces the need for artificial lighting and therefore reduces energy consumption. They’re particularly effective if you place them above areas of your home that have little or no natural light such as stairwells or rooms with no windows.
Another benefit to skylights is that they provide extra ventilation that helps keep your home cooler during hot weather. As the hot air in your home rises, it can be released through the skylight. A skylight will also allow you to harness any cool breezes that develop at different times of the day.
3. Energy-Efficient Roof Products
The type of roof product that you choose for your home’s new roof can also make a huge difference to the overall energy efficiency of your home. According to ENERGY STAR, choosing energy-efficient roof products can reduce the surface temperature of your roof by 50°F and reduce peak cooling demand by up to 15%.
Many excellent, energy-efficient roofing products are available on today’s market. These range from tiles to metal sheeting, so your options for choosing the right aesthetics and style for your roof won’t be limited. It’s important to choose a roofing product that meets ENERGY STAR’s stringent certification standards for the highest level of energy efficiency.
4. Light-Colored Roofing
Another way to utilize your new roof to increase your home’s energy efficiency is to opt for light-colored roofing products. Research conducted by Berkeley Lab scientists in California shows that the lighter a roof is in color, the higher its solar reflectivity performance. In states like Florida, this means a significant reduction in heat absorption and the cost of cooling.
Sometimes a light colored roof isn’t an option due to your preferences or local or state by-laws that dictate roof color. In this scenario, choose the lightest-colored roofing materials that you both prefer and that meet by-law guidelines to still enjoy some of the benefits of a lighter roof.
You can mitigate the reduced energy efficiency of a darker colored roof by choosing roofing products that contain reflective pigments or colorants. This will help your roof to reflect both light and solar radiation which causes a home to absorb exterior heat during hot weather. This feature may already be included in your energy-efficient roof product, or it can be added as a top coat once the roof has been installed.
Any of these features used on their own will make a big difference to the overall energy efficiency of your home. However, using a combination of two or more of them will give you the most dramatic cooling effects, energy consumption reduction, and energy bill savings.
If you’d like to know more about how your new roof can be tweaked or how you can make updates to an existing roof for energy efficiency, contact the friendly and experienced team at Acoma Roofing Inc. in Oldsmar, FL. With over fifty years’ experience, we can provide you with expert advice on insulation, skylights, and the most energy-efficient roof products.