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How To Improve Your Roof’s Energy Efficiency

It’s winter in Indy! In fairness, it’s actually been relatively balmy so far. However, January through March should inevitably bring freezing temperatures and weather. Whether dealing with freezing weather or a heatwave, your home’s energy efficiency is essential. Did you know you can improve your roof’s energy efficiency? In this post, Watergate Roofing reveals tips on doing just that.

How To Improve Your Roof's Energy Efficiency

Use a Lightly-Colored Roofing Material

Metal, shingles, and other roofing materials come in various colors. Since your roof bears the brunt of the sun’s rays, choosing a lighter color material helps lessen heat retainment. Now, this may seem counterintuitive because it can help to retain the sun’s heat in cold weather months. However, it has the opposite effect in summer. If you focus on your roof’s quality and let your HVAC system do the heating and cooling, you should be in good shape.

Asphalt Shingles Aren’t the Only Roofing Material

Asphalt shingles are still primarily the tried and true roofing material homeowners use. However, did you realize that other materials, such as metal, not only look gorgeous but also improve the roof’s energy efficiency? That’s right. Metal, clay, and other materials reflect light and heat instead of absorbing it, which improves efficiency.

Check Your Insulation Situation

Over time, insulation degrades and becomes less efficient. Many homes don’t have near enough attic insulation, which plays a vital role in energy efficiency. Check your insulation situation and add more if you need it. It acts as a barrier to heat traveling from the roof down into the home. When operating correctly, it helps maintain your home’s temperature. 

Ensure Proper Ventilation

In addition to insulation, your attic requires proper ventilation. Insulation and ventilation work hand and hand to distribute, absorb, or eliminate extra heat. What the insulation misses can be extracted through the attic’s ventilation system. If your ventilation system includes a fan, see if you can program it to operate during the most opportune times. All of these steps combine together to improve the roof’s energy efficiency.

Cool Roof Coating, Dude

No, this isn’t a phrase someone might say, although it probably should be. Cool roof coating is a finishing layer applied to the roof that aids heat reflection. As a finishing layer, cool roof coating works excellent as the final step in a new roof installation. You can also apply it to an existing roof that’s in good shape. 

When Your Roof Needs Professional Help

When you need re-roofing, roof repair, or roof replacement, Watergate will be there to get the job done. We promise quality work that should improve your roof’s energy efficiency and protect your home. If you live in Carmel, Fishers, Westfield, or another Hamilton County city, call (317) 80-ROOFS to learn more.