When you think of optimizing your home for energy efficiency, the first items on your home that you probably think of are the windows and/or siding. A major factor that many people overlook is an energy efficient roof. With the right roof, you will be able to keep the cool air in your home during the summer and the hot air in your home during the winter. The right roof is essential to keep your home comfortable and well as your utility bills at an affordable level year round.
More than Weather Protection
The roof is the obvious factor in protecting your home from rain, snow and sleet damage. It is the ultimate protector of the structure of your home. There are also many other functions that the roof performs that make it essential for you to take the time in choosing the right materials and installer for your roof.
- Winter Protection – It is common knowledge that heat rises. When you run your furnace all winter long, the heat rises to the roof. If your roof is not properly insulated, the heat leaves your home, causing your furnace to work harder. This has a domino effect on your home including higher utility bills, a less comfortable home and increased wear and tear on your furnace, possibly causing you high repair or replacement bills earlier than necessary.
- Summer Protection – During the summer you have the hot rays of the sun to worry about. When the sun beats on your roofing material, the heat gets absorbed into your home. This results in an increased use of your air conditioner and a more uncomfortable home, as well as higher utility and repair bills.
Along with the numerous energy benefits that an energy efficient roof will provide your home, you are also making an investment into the future structure of your home. A variety of ill effects can occur to your home if the roof is not properly insulated including ice dams and water damage that can cause detrimental damage to your home. Taking the step now to install an energy efficient roof on your home will allow you to save money on utilities and repairs, do your part to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment and keep your home in great condition.