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Ask Your Roofing Company about Energy-Efficient Roof Systems

"Fern Hibbins" (2020-07-24)

An energy-efficient roof will save you money on utility bills and put less strain on your home's air conditioning system. Every day, homeowners turn to their reliable Atlanta roofing company to help them select roofing material and systems that will add value to their home while also keeping them cool when the temperatures rise.

If you're considering replacing an older roof or building a new home, here are 3 energy-efficient roofing tips.

Convert an Existing Roof

Retrofitting is a buzz term that is used across the construction and home service industries. To retrofit a roof means to make alterations to the existing structure without complete replacement. One of the easiest ways to do this is to place a heat-reflective material on top of the existing roofing system. Another option is to recover the roof. Roofers cover the current roof with a waterproof surface, typically a tile coating, to reduce the amount of heat absorbed by the roof.

Install a Cool Roof

Cool roofing systems can lower the temperature of a roof by as much as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This cooling effect is achieved by choosing materials that reflect more sunlight; therefore, absorbing less heat than traditional roofing materials. Cool roofs are typically made from the following materials:

  • Shingles
  • Reflective tiles
  • Sheet covering
  • Reflective paint

Cool roofs are perfect for homes that want to use the patio, garage, or attic spaces as additional living space. These areas of the home are typically hotter and are not cooled by central air conditioning.

Did you know?

When communities embrace the cool roof trend, the urban heat island effect can be significantly reduced. With fewer buildings holding in heat, cities can reduce emissions and contribute to cooler air.

Go Green

Not everyone has the money in the budget to install a solar roofing system, but that doesn't mean a green roof isn't an option. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that a real green roofing system involves nature and traditional building materials. In urban areas, where homes are more likely to have flat roofs or shallow-pit roofs, some homeowners are covering their existing roofs with gardens and basic plants covers. The plant cover provides cooling, helps to manage storm water, and when designed well, can make for a pleasant rooftop living space. Of course, this type of "green" roofing isn't for every homeowner.

For more energy-efficient advice, call your neighborhood Atlanta roofing company to schedule a personalized assessment.

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