An energy-efficient roof can save you a bundle on utility bills throughout the course of the year, especially in Utah, where hot summer sun and snowy, cold winters drive up your heating and cooling bills.
If you are planning a roof replacement, consider an energy-efficient option. You may have to pay a bit more up front, but the long-lasting benefits will pay you back and then some throughout the course of the roof’s life.
Homeowners interested in an energy-efficient roof have two main choices.
It might seem like a metal roof would make your home hotter, which is definitely not ideal in the summer, but it actually has the opposite effect. Metal roofs reflect sunlight, and this can help lower cooling costs significantly. It also lasts a long time, since it doesn’t absorb UV rays like other roofing materials such as asphalt.
Metal roofing can be made of steel, aluminum, copper or tin and is typically installed in large sheets. Overall, metal roofing can save you up to 40 percent of your energy costs, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance. How’s that for an energy-efficient roof?
Another energy-efficient roof option is to install a membrane on top of your building if your roof is almost flat or only slightly sloped. A membrane is lightweight and reflects UV rays.
Membranes may be made of thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), synthetic rubber or another material. While membranes are commonly used on commercial buildings, they are becoming more popular for residential clients because of the incredible energy savings they provide and the longevity of the material.
Choose Asphalt Shingles Wisely
If you want to stick with traditional asphalt shingles but are still interested in increasing energy efficiency, ask your roofer about cool roof shingles, or select ones that are of a lighter color to reflect UV rays.
Improve Your Current Roof
If you’re not ready to replace your roof but you are open to making small changes in order to maximize energy efficiency, start by adding insulation in the attic. Many homes do not have adequate insulation, and this makes both your heating and cooling systems work harder. Talk to a roofer about how much insulation you need to lower your energy bills.
As Utah’s premier commercial and residential roofing contractor, Knockout Roofing has the cost-saving options you want. Talk to the GAF-certified team today and get more information on all the different products available that can provide your home or business with an effective, energy-efficient roof.