Everyone is all about saving the environment at the moment and a lot of the time, that has the added benefit of saving money on energy bills. One of the best ways to be more energy efficient is to make sure your roof is performing as it needs to, as approximately 25% of a home’s heat is lost through the roof.
If you are considering replacing your roof, the following tips should help you do your bit for the planet, as well as make sure you aren’t wasting money on bills for energy lost through your roof.
Choose a light colour
Believe it or not, the colour of your roof makes a big difference in the amount of heat that enters your home. Dark roofs absorb more heat and will direct it inward, whereas a lighter colour roof will reflect the heat and not transfer it to the interior of your home. In order to be as energy efficient as possible, choose shingles that are capable of reflecting solar energy.
Add more insulation
Do you know how well insulated your attic is? Most homes do not have enough insulation inside the roof. Ensuring you have enough insulation can mean that heat from outside the building won’t penetrate your home. It will also mean that the temperature of your home is properly maintained, no matter what the temperature outside is. Adequate insulation will also help increase the lifespan of your property’s structure. The new layer will act as a barrier reducing thermal transfer between your temperature regulated house and toasty attic.
Fresh air is extremely important for your roof’s health. After you have improved your attic insulation, add a few vents to allow outside air to access the attic with ease. This will prevent the roof from becoming too hot in the summer, as excessive heat from the attic can warp the roof decking and reduce the lifespan of the shingles. Placing some vents along the lowest points of the roof will allow fresh air to enter the attic with ease.
Try a radiant barrier
If you are undertaking a re-roofing project, you could consider applying a radiant barrier to your roof. Although these are typically used in a warm climate, radiant barriers are effective all year round. In spring and summer, it will slow down heat flow into the home, but in autumn and winter it will reflect the heat trying to escape through the roof back into the home. Radiant barrier’s stand to not only help reduce the costs of energy bills, but to reduce your carbon footprint.
The above tips should give you some idea of how you can make use of an upcoming roof installation to improve your energy efficiency. Be sure to speak to your roofers in Teesside, to make sure they are equipped to carry out the work you want. Once these steps are implemented, you should start to see some reduction on your energy bills, as well as knowing that you are doing your part to reduce carbon emissions.