The cost of heating and cooling your home is not only expensive but also wasteful in many homes. Considering more than half of your home's total energy usage stems from heating and cooling, ensuring your home is not wasting energy through the roofline is smart for the environment and your finances. While surprising to hear, you can control the loss of heated and cooled air though your roof with a few key tips. Using this guide, you can get on top of your green lifestyle by conserving energy using eco-friendly roofing materials and design.
From asphalt and wood shake to metal and clay, the various materials used in roofing today can be overwhelming. While each offers its own benefits and appeal, combining your chosen type of roofing shingle with energy efficient coating can increase your home's energy conservation.
Here are a few tips when choosing your energy efficient roofing materials:
- Color – When choosing the color of your asphalt, tile, or slate shingle, opt for light brown, tan, beige, or clay colors. These lighter colors reflect the sun's light and heat away from your home.
- Coat – Apply a reflective coating directly to the exterior of your chosen roofing shingles.
Creating a cool roof using light-colored shingles and a reflective coating reduces the amount of energy necessary to cool your home in the summer and heat your home in the winter. This is beneficial to the environment but also reduces your monthly energy costs.
Insulating your attic and roof line is also smart for conserving energy, since the attic and roof loses 25 percent of your home's heat. If you use your attic for storage, the plywood floor will not allow ample insulation. While you will lose floor space for storage, pulling up the plywood to add a layer of insulation to the attic is a good investment. Rolling out a layer of batt insulation onto the existing layer of floor insulation is sufficient for your attic.
For the remaining part of your attic and the roof line, opt for spray foam insulation, since it covers a larger area in a shorter amount of time. Plus, it gives your home the best protection against heat loss through the roof and attic. Fortunately, the application of spray foam insulation is a great investment for energy conservation, energy costs, and your home's value.
To understand how spray foam insulation for the roof is a worthwhile investment, here are a few key benefits:
- Decreased Energy Costs – Decreasing the amount of heat loss through the attic and roof will decrease your usage of heating and cooling, decreasing monthly energy bills while the temperature in your home remains comfortable. Since each home and climate is different, the total amount of savings will vary.
- Added Appeal and Home Value – Energy efficient upgrades are appealing to potential buyers, increasing your home's total value. If you ever need to sell, this added value can be beneficial.
- Tax Credits – The Energy Policy Act of 2005 states that home and business owners are eligible for special tax credits after investing in spray foam insulation for their home or building.
- Decreased Moisture – If you have allergy sufferers in the home, consider spray foam insulation to reduce the moisture content in the house. Moisture causes the growth of mold and mildew, which can increase the symptoms of allergies.
The insulation process should also focus on sealing joints and seams along the roof line. Spray foam does not have to be used during this process, but consider using gaskets, caulk, and various barrier films to seal joints on the roof's exterior.
Your roof is an important part of your home's function and your family's protection, but it does not have to be a source of energy waste. Conserving energy is possible by choosing these energy efficient updates for your roof. For more information, contact a local roofing or insulation company like Dodge Foam & Coatings Inc.