Energy Efficient Roofing Materials
It’s not a surprise to hear that a roof may be the most important aspect of any structure, whether commercial or residential. Even if it wasn’t evident by the steep price tag—which is a significant investment by any standard—a functional roof is the very thing that protects interiors and allows businesses and homes to remain in good health. Still, many don’t realize just how much your home or business depends on a working roof to reduce energy waste. We’re taking a minute to highlight the best, most energy efficient roofing materials.
B&M Roofing is committed to providing quality roofing services across the state of Colorado. Energy efficiency and clean living is just another bonus that comes with the various roofs we work on and we’re happy to help you figure out the best roofing material for your project. Give us a call today at (303) 443-5843 to learn more about our roofing services and energy efficient roofing materials.
Energy Efficient Roofing & “Green” Buildings
Energy efficiency is not an industry fad, despite the many misconceptions. While “green” and “eco friendly” terms may be a bit newer to the industry, in general, roofing systems are meant to make your home or commercial property energy efficient. However, not all Colorado roofing contractors are created equal. Be sure to check out our article on hiring the right type of contractor for your Colorado roofing project. Still, there are some important numbers you should always recognize when assessing the value of your existing roof and a new roof replacement, especially in terms of energy efficient roofing materials.
Energy Usage Nationwide
Here are some numbers that are especially important to homeowners and building managers. According to Energy Star, Americans spend an estimated $40 billion annually just to air-condition buildings or what equates to roughly a sixth of all electricity generated nationwide. While those numbers are staggering independently, there’s more. As roofing systems become aged, their materials are less durable and less protective, therefore allow for more extreme weather conditions to impact your home or business. Similarly, older roofs are less likely to keep buildings cool and energy usage down, simply because insulation deteriorates just as materials begin to wear. Many can find themselves paying double in energy costs without even realizing it.
Cool Roofs: Newest Trend in Roofing
Perhaps you’ve already heard the term “cool roofs” tossed around a time or two. If not, no worries, it’s actually only recently been a buzz word within the roofing industry. But what is a cool roof and what does it have to do with energy efficiency? Cool roofing systems, in fact, are exactly as they sound. They provide a reflective barrier to reduce the total direct solar heat and, therefore, reduce total heat of the building. Cool roofs are now mandated in many southwestern and southern states. However, it’s also suggested that cool roofs are a good investment even in colder climates. By keeping your house relatively cooler during summer months, buildings are better equipped for reducing overall energy spend.
Energy Efficient Roofing Materials
So, yes, cool roofs are things and energy efficiency is a high priority for most. After all, who doesn’t like a little or even a lot more in their annual savings? But as cool roofs have not yet hit the marketing in every state, many are left wondering if there are ways to be cognizant of reducing their carbon footprint while also maintaining a sound, health building. The simple answer is yes, it’s possible. However, commercial and residential building owners should know some basics about roofing principles, as well as the best energy efficient roofing materials.
For starters, continued maintenance is key to reducing costs and keeping a good roofing system in place for longer. In fact, the longevity of your roof highly depends on regular maintenance and upkeep. Homeowners and commercial property managers should be proactive in evaluating and identifying possible roof issues to prevent leaks, damage, and more. Still, there will come a day that a roof meets its end and a new roof replacement will be required – learn more about the average lifespan of a roof here. When this happens you’ll need to know about the best energy efficient roofing materials to help reduce overall costs long-term. Let’s discuss more on:
- Asphalt Shingles
- Concrete Tile
- New Insulation
- Metal Roofs
These are the types of materials that will allow Colorado commercial property and homeowners to stay ahead of cost savings for reduced energy consumption. We’re reviewing these materials below (pros and cons):
Traditional Asphalt Shingles
While traditional asphalt shingles are durable and cost-effective, they’re not very energy-efficient during summer months. Asphalt shingles heat up during the day, and hold that heat through the night, making it difficult for your attic to cool off, especially during seasonal high temperatures. While a whole-house fan can help push cool air into your attic and absorb heat from your roof and mitigate asphalt shingles’ heat retention, they’re rarely friendly toward your cooling bills. In addition, asphalt shingles are more easily damaged by wind and storms.
Luckily, as technology continues to advance, there are some energy efficient asphalt shingles on the market now, too. Be sure to look for the ENERGY STAR® certification. This roofing reflects the sun’s energy and releases it into the surrounding air to keep the upper floors of a home cooler and, therefore, less energy is required when cooling a home.
Concrete tile is more expensive than asphalt shingles, but they also come with a much longer lifespan: You can expect to get about 40 years out of a tile roof, about twice that of asphalt. They’re also much more energy-efficient, as they don’t absorb heat like asphalt. Some concrete tiles may be painted with a reflective coating to make them even more impervious to summer heat.
The downside for concrete tile roofs are:
Maintenance and expense often go hand-in-hand, but be sure to account for the inconvenience and environmental factors, as well. For one, concrete tile is not always durable for Colorado climates. Given that our state is particularly prone to damaging weather such as hail storms, concrete tile doesn’t always survive a dramatic storm and can be expensive to replace. Additionally, concrete tile is porous and therefore more prone to water damaged, plus its underlayment has to be replaced more often that the physical roof, which can quickly add up.
Your roofing plays a part in keeping your heating and cooling bills under control, but don’t overlook attic insulation and ventilation. Depending upon the type of insulation you use, you should have 10 to 14 inches of coverage in your attic to keep heat from entering your home in the summer and escaping in the winter. A properly vented attic allows air circulation, helping hot air escape during the summer months.
Energy-efficient roofs can help control your home’s temperature year-round when coupled with proper insulation. B&M Roofing of Colorado is always happy to work with homeowners to find ways to improve their homes’ efficiency. Contact us today by filling out an online form or by calling (303) 443-5843.