The Impacts of Your Roof to the Energy Efficiency of Your Home
Is Your Roof Damaging the Energy-Efficiency of Your Home?
Your roof not only protects your home from the sun, rain, hail, snow and wind, but it also affects the energy-efficiency of your home. An inefficient roof may be costing you extra money in utility bills every month, so you may want to find out just how your roof is impacting your home’s energy usage. Let’s take a look at some factors that are determinant in the efficient energy usage of your home:
Energy-efficiency means that your home successfully keeps the air indoors separate from the air outside. Air can circulate between the indoors and outdoors in several ways, and one of them is through your roof. The insulation levels in your attic are a factor in whether your home loses cool air in summer and warm air in winter through the roof. Inspect insulation levels and install additional insulation if necessary to protect your roof from suffering damage due to excess condensation in the attic. This consideration can save substantial cash on monthly utility bills.
Yes! The color of your roof also has an impact on energy usage. Dark-colored roofs absorb heat and can sometimes reach temperatures up to 150 F° during the summer. This excess heat in roofing materials can translate into extra heat in the house, which increases energy costs. Instead, homeowners should look to build new roofs with materials that reflect heat or apply a coat with light-reflecting materials to make them cooler and more energy efficient.
The right ventilation under your roof will keep moisture levels low in the attic, which will reduce condensation and improve energy efficiency. Also, keeping condensation to a minimum will ensure that you don’t have mildew and mold under your roof, which can lead to unwanted damages and roof leaks in the long run.
Saving money is something we all want to do. Having the right roofing in Colorado can help you create a more energy efficient home, lower your monthly energy bills and keep your wallet and the planet happy. Contact Horn Brothers if you suspect that your home’s roof can be improved.