When it comes to the roof of any homeowner, thoughts of spending thousands of dollars and dealing with construction can immediately flood the mind. While roofing was once only a necessity, innovations in roofing materials and techniques have made it an energy saving option that can slash utility bills overnight.
Building technology has also advanced immensely, leaving older roofs in the dust when it comes to service life and energy efficiency. On top of that, your HVAC system will suffer due to more workload leading it to also need repairs sooner than later.
Your Roof Is the Largest Piece of the Energy Puzzle
The amount of steps taken to insulate a home from the outside weather can make it seem like there’s no way that a draft or rain water can find their way into your home. The areas that can be tackled easily include doors and windows that simply need sealed, but your roof has the most potential to allow in unwanted air and moisture.
The reason your roof harbors the most opportunity for lost insulation is that there are more seams in the framework that can separate from high winds or damage to the roof itself. Even if your roof doesn’t get damaged as often, the distance covered by the construction results in an overall larger loss of climate control compared to some other pieces of your home’s framing.
Roof Considerations To Save Energy
A new roof will always save you money when it comes to energy bills as older roofs lose their protective capabilities rather quickly once they begin to degrade and deteriorate. That being said, there are ways you can make your roof even more energy efficient.
Proper Roof Ventilation
Shingles and roofing materials don’t fight off the heat by removing it from the area. They work to reflect as much as possible while absorbing the rest for it to dissipate later in the day when it isn’t so hot. Since all of that heat is being captured in the roof, your attic and eventually entire home will start to warm up if proper ventilation isn’t helping to remove the hot air.
Material Color and Reflection
Helping alleviate how much heat is stored within your roof means less strain on your climate control and a more comfortable living arrangement. Cutting energy costs can be as simple as choosing a roof color that better reflects the sun’s rays to redirect the heat away from your home.
If you’re wanting a dark roof either way, think about having solar panel systems installed to take advantage of the solar energy your roof is already absorbing. Taking this step is an investment to be honest, but you’ll have little to no energy bill once the system is online!
Not Sure Which Roof Is Best For Your Home?
Choosing the right roof is even more important given the heavy snow and high winds we see in Maine which is why our team encourages anyone interested in or needing roof repairs and maintenance to consult an expert about the next best steps.