What are Energy-Efficient Roofing Options?

There’s a lot going on between increasing energy costs and widespread concerns about the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. You may be one of the many homeowners in the Metro Boston area hoping for easy ways to make your home more energy-efficient. While there are quite a few avenues you can try to achieve this goal, an often overlooked option is a roofing system upgrade. 

The correct roofing material reduces your heating and cooling expenses significantly. The Boston roofers of HausEx Home Solutions explain more below to help you weigh the pros and cons of various energy-saving roofing materials.

What Makes a Roof Energy Efficient? 

By far, the biggest factor influencing the energy efficiency of a roof is how much sunlight it reflects or absorbs. Metrics like the Solar Reflectance Index measure the percentage of sunlight that your roof reflects. The higher the SRI, the more efficient your home is.

In fact, energy-efficient roofs, also known as “cool roofs,” will lower the temperature of your roof surface by as much as 50 degrees by reflecting sunlight away from your home. You won’t need to use the air conditioner as much to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. That also means you’ll enjoy some extra cost-saving benefits in the form of lowered energy bills and fewer harmful carbon emissions.

Intuitively, keeping the roof cooler also reduces its natural wear and tear, so the roofing materials last longer. You could delay having to replace the roof, which helps keep waste out of landfills. A cooler roof also lowers the air temperature around your home to reduce the “urban heat island effect” responsible for increased urban air pollution and smog.

Of course, the exterior roofing material is just one factor in the overall efficiency of your home. The attic ventilation and insulation will also contribute to your heating and cooling costs. Consider using high-quality, tight insulation that seals out air, as well as proper ventilation to ensure moisture escapes as the heat rises.

The Most Energy-Efficient Roof Systems 

With so many good reasons to invest in an energy-efficient roof, you may wonder which materials are best. Often, these options aren’t much more expensive or difficult for Boston roofers to install than traditional roofing systems. Plus, any additional investment will pay for itself in energy savings. 

Some of the most efficient roof materials are as follows:

Solar Roofing Shingles 

As the most expensive roofing option, solar shingles look like traditional shingles but also produce solar energy. While you might pay as much as double the cost of asphalt shingles, the price gives you an entire solar energy system along with the home’s new roof. Going this route substantially reduces your potential energy costs without asking you to install solar panels.

Metal Roofing 

Quality metal roofing can last for up to 70 years. Many people are surprised to learn that metal stays much cooler than other roofing materials. However, the secret lies in metal’s lower thermal mass, which doesn’t store a lot of heat compared to shingles. Choose an EnergyStar-rated material with a reflective coating to slash heating and cooling costs even further.

Tile Roofing 

Clay and concrete roofing tiles may be heavier and have a high thermal mass, but a glaze or light-colored polymer coating can improve their energy efficiency. The average lifespan of a tile roof is 75 to 100 years, so it’s the longest-lasting option.

Asphalt Shingles

Although asphalt shingle roofs are common on New England roofs but less energy efficient. If you decide it’s the best choice for your roof replacing needs, consider cool technology shingles instead of traditional ones. It can make a big difference to a home’s overall energy consumption.

For maximum efficiency, install asphalt shingles with a built-in cool roof coating and light-colored granules that reflect sunshine and heat. A reflective coating on the shingles on an existing roof may be possible if it’s in good condition, but most Boston roofers recommend replacement to ensure reliable results and long-lasting energy-saving benefits.

Let HausEx Home Solutions Make Your Home More Efficient

Whether it’s time to replace your current roof or you want to pay a lower energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint, you’ve come to the right place. HausEX Home Solutions’ Boston roofers can help you choose the perfect roof materials and provide flawless, worry-free installation. Call (508) 928-3932 to request an estimate today or learn more about why Metro Boston homeowners continually trust us for roof options that cut expenses and other home improvement solutions.

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