How to Maximize Energy Efficiency with Energy Efficient Roofing Materials

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How to Maximize Energy Efficiency with Energy Efficient Roofing Materials

With global temperatures soaring, you may want to consider living more sustainably by investing in energy efficient roofing materials. If you have a roof that’s insecure, falling apart, or compromised, not only is your safety at risk, but your home is also unable to remain cool in the summertime. Living in the Florida climate with a roof in need of repair leaves you vulnerable to experiencing discomfort and responsible for paying high energy bills to keep your home cool. 

If you are facing these concerns, it may be time to learn about the benefits of energy efficient roofing! If you’re uncertain about what roofing materials would best suit your home, here’s what you should consider before making a decision.

Why Is Energy Efficiency Important In Your Home?

Having a better quality roof is important for making your home more energy efficient. This goes for not just houses but all buildings as well. Using energy-efficient roofing materials allows you to save money while benefiting the environment. 

In addition, energy efficient upgrades will allow you to live comfortably in your own home. And comfort is not worth sacrificing.

Benefits of Energy Efficiency In Buildings

Maximizing energy savings in your home is fundamental for reducing the strain on the environment and your pocketbook. Energy efficient buildings are more inexpensive to heat or cool, which saves you money on your power bill. 

Specifically, restricting our energy usage is essential for fighting the ongoing battle against climate change, which is becoming drastically worse as global temperatures reach record heights. In fact, May 2023 has been the third-warmest May in NOAA’s 174-year record. 

So, to make a positive impact, you may want to consider switching to eco-friendly roofing options. 

Types of Energy Efficient Roofing Materials

Currently, there are several cost-effective roofing solutions to choose from. 

Cool Roofs

Cool roofs reflect more sunlight than conventional roofs. Made with lighter-colored materials, they have high solar reflectance. They also have high thermal emittance, which means they shed heat by giving off thermal infrared radiation as opposed to conventional roofs that absorb the sun, making your home harder to cool. 

As a result of this heat absorption, it becomes the hottest part of the building, reaching up to 50 degrees hotter than the outdoor temperature. Essentially, indoor air conditioning units must work harder, thereby increasing the cost of your energy bill. 

Compared to conventional roofs, cool roofs are more desirable because they provide about 10 to 15% energy savings. But since they absorb less sunlight, there is less heat conduction in cold weather. Therefore, it’s better to install them in hot climates.  

Solar Roofs

Solar roofs, too, are popular due to the fact that they serve as a clean energy source, drawing directly from the sun’s power. Like cool roofs, solar greatly reduces the cost of heating and cooling your home. 

More so, you can keep your power running when the grid goes down. And they remain functional in a wide variety of cold and hot climates. Along with saving you money, solar panels will also increase the value of your home. 

Green Roofs

Green roofs, also known as “vegetated roofs,” are made out of a waterproof membrane, a growing medium (soil), and vegetation. Other layers may consist of a filter membrane, drainage layer, root barrier, thermal insulation, vapor barrier, and structural support

Well-designed and maintained green roofs provide effective stormwater management, significant energy savings, biodiversity, and roof longevity. These roofs can reduce stormwater by up to 65% and delay the flow rate for up to 3 hours

Specifically, they improve the building’s efficiency by cooling the surface, providing insulation, thermal mass, and shading. In cities, green roofs create a new urban habitat for plants, animals, and birds, which increases biodiversity. 

Finally, these roofs prevent the urban heat island effect. Since cities are generally warmer than other areas and concrete and asphalt absorb heat, there is increased energy consumption. What’s more, these roofs can be installed in almost any climate, alleviating the severity of rainstorms and heat waves.

Choosing the Right Material

If you’re unsure which eco-conscious building upgrade is best for you, here are several tips to help you decide. Solar roofs have a 25-year lifespan. However, once they reach the end of their lives, you have to dispose of them properly because they may contain hazardous waste.

When stuck between choosing green or cool roofs, there are a few factors to consider. First, green roofs typically have a longer expected life, but they are more expensive to install. While both lower surface and air temperatures, green roofs offer added benefits such as absorbing pollutants and carbon dioxide while also reducing stormwater runoff. On the other hand, cool roofs are best suited for projects with limited budgets and a primary focus on energy savings. 

The main concern with cool roofs is that they may appear dirty when exposed to the elements and require a higher heating demand in the winter. So, they may not perform well in cooler climates. Similarly, green roofs may not survive in cold weather if they are not designed or maintained properly. Before installing them in a cold climate, it’s best to have plants that survive and thrive in cold temperatures. 

Contact Bay To Bay Roofing!

If you’re looking to make energy efficient home upgrades to your roof, contact Bay to Bay Roofing for a free estimate. We are a family-owned business located in Central Florida. With over 25 years of experience, we can cater to any of your needs. We are fully licensed and insured experts in all kinds of roofing, from all the cost-saving options mentioned above to algae-resistant shingle roofing, metal roofing, and tile roofing. Besides full installs, our team handles repairs and maintenance for all types of roofs.

To build your eco-friendly roof, book your estimate today on our Bay to Bay Roofing Contact Us page!