Texas summers can make it pretty expensive to keep your home at a reasonable temperature. Did you know that there are numerous ways your roof can change how heat is reflected or absorbed into your home? Factors like energy efficient roofing technology, color, and construction style can affect the indoor temperature! From upgrading your current roof, to installing a brand new energy efficient roofing system, there are many ways to help keep your home cool.
Energy Efficient Roofing Technology:
To start off with, there are certain roofing systems that are specifically designed to be “cool roofs”. A “cool roof” is one that has been designed to absorb less heat and reflect more sunlight. Other technology includes coatings/paints that are highly reflective and can be applied to normal roofing systems as an upgrade. Most energy efficient roofing technology upgrades are more expensive than the non-energy efficient options. The upside is their capability to keep your home up to 50 degrees cooler than a normal system.
Roof Shingle Color:
This is the most basic form of sun or heat roof defense, and can change how much heat a roof absorbs by 10 to 15°F. Darker roofing materials allow heat to become trapped, and then absorbed into the attic. Lighter roofing materials actually help reflect heat from sun rays and hold less heat than a darker roof. The main thing to remember with color decisions, is that the same effect holds true year round. The roof that reflects sunlight and absorbs less heat in the summer, will do the same in the winter, which can be a disadvantage to some in more snowy climates than ours in Texas. Farther north in more wintery settings, a darker roof that absorbs heat can help melt snow in the winter!
No energy efficient roofing system is complete without insulation and ventilation. Insulation and ventilation installation are the two most important factors in keeping your energy bills down in the Texas heat! Proper ventilation makes sure that the heat absorbed by your roof is quickly pushed back out. Without insulation, all of the hard work down by the ventilation and AC unit is largely wasted. But with a properly constructed attic and ventilation system, any excess heat making it through the roof shouldn’t affect your thermostat.
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