A new roof and roof repairs not only provide you with an extra sense of security knowing your home will protect you from various weather conditions, but it can also provide energy savings. Your roof can act as a money-saving tool if you utilize the energy-efficient capabilities of your roof. Here, the roofing professionals at High Mark Construction discuss the different ways you can make your roof more energy-efficient.
The shingles on your roof can have a serious impact on the amount of heat that is absorbed from the sun and, ultimately, into the house. You primarily see homes with dark shingles and, while this is common, the darker shingles often absorb more heat into your home than lighter solar reflective shingles. At High Mark Construction, we primarily install CertainTeed Landmark shingles, which offer their Landmark Solar Series. The Landmark Solar Series shingles come in several Energy Star rated color options and can reach a level of 40% solar reflectivity.
In addition to the color and solar reflectivity of your shingles, an increased wind rating can also play a major role in keeping your home energy efficient. Different shingles have different wind ratings and it’s crucial to have shingles installed with the highest wind rating possibly. As storms and other severe weather come through, your shingles may get damaged and torn off, leaving your home exposed to additional outside air and water, leaving your home less energy efficient.
Whether you are getting a new roof or just trying to improve the overall energy efficiency of your roof, the insulation in your attic is a great place to start. The proper insulation in your home’s attic will not only extend the lifetime of your roof, but it is a main component in the energy-saving capabilities of your roof. Your insulation creates a thermal barrier between the extreme outside temperatures and the inside of your home, as well as creating a barrier that limits the thermal transfer between your attic and the temperature-controlled living area.
You might think, “Why install insulation to then put in vents?” and this is because your attic can get very hot in the summer months and cold in the winter months. In the summer months, your attic can reach extremely hot temperatures and this heat can warp the roof decking and decrease the useful life of your shingles. The excessive heat can also seep through your insulation, forcing your AC to work harder and in turn decrease energy efficiency.
Installing a combination of intake and exhaust vents in your roof will create a natural airflow circulation that brings in cool air from outside, and as the high hot air in the attic rises it will be released through the exhaust vent. This is possible by placing the intake vent along the lowest points of the roof to draw in the fresh air and then placing the exhaust vent at a high point on the roof to allow the rising hot air in the attack to escape. This circulation of air allows the attic to cool itself, preventing overheating, damage to your roof and heat transfer into your living area.
Reach Out to High Mark Construction Today
At High Mark Construction, we want to help you protect your home and get the most out of your home. Your roof offers a lot of energy-saving possibilities that you can utilize to transform your home into a more energy-efficient unit. Whether you need a full roof replacement and can implement all of these energy-saving options at once, or you are taking it one step at a time, High Mark Construction is here to help. To learn more about High Mark Construction or to schedule a free consultation with our team, contact High Mark Construction today.