Your roof plays an important role in keeping your home comfortable and protected from the elements. It can also help you save on your energy costs with proper insulation and ventilation. Balken Roofing takes a look at how to make your roof more energy-efficient.
Make Sure It’s Well-Insulated
Insulation is a key element of roofing systems. It slows down heat conduction between indoor and outdoor spaces, which reduces heat loss during the cold seasons and heat gain during the warm seasons. With lower indoor heating and cooling requirements, less would be required from your AC and heating systems, which would result in lower annual energy costs.
There are several types of insulating material to choose from, the most common of which are fiberglass wool, cellulose, and expanding foam, and can be installed under the roof deck or on the attic floor. A radiant barrier is a type of insulation that has a reflective layer that helps reduce heat radiation, or heat from reflective sources. Make sure your roof is well insulated by checking the insulation under the roof for gaps. Making inspections a part of your roof maintenance routine will help you spot roofing issues and have them fixed before they can become bigger problems.
Choose the Right Shingle Color
The color of your roof shingles can also impact your home’s energy efficiency. Light-colored shingles reflect solar heat better than dark-colored ones, which can help reduce radiant heat absorption through the roof. Alternatively, consider energy-efficient asphalt shingles like the ENERGY STAR®-certified GAF Timberline® CS. They feature a wider range of shades — even dark ones.
Have Proper Ventilation
Proper ventilation can also help make your roof more energy-efficient by removing heat and moisture from your attic, which can help keep your home dry and cool during warm and humid seasons. A well-ventilated attic is also at a lower risk of developing rot and mold, problems that are caused by trapped heat and moisture in the attic.
Improving the insulation in your Hendersonville, NC home’s roof is a great investment not just because of the potential energy savings, but it also helps prolong your roof’s service life and prevent potentially costly repairs.
Contact Balken Roofing today to learn more about our energy-efficient roofing solutions. We also provide residential roofing services such as installation, maintenance and repair, as well as commercial roofing installation services for businesses in Swannanoa and Hendersonville, NC. Call us at (828) 628-0390 for a consultation and free estimate.