You may be curious about how a new roof will improve your home’s energy efficiency if you are considering it. If your roof is old, the short answer is that it should. Most likely, your older roof was built using outdated roofing materials. The new material is more efficient.
This is why the answer to this question may not be as simple. If the roof is in good condition with minor repairs (e.g., few shingles), insulation under the roof will do more to improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce the cost of installing a new roof.
An older house that has suffered significant damage or leaks might be more suited to having its entire roof replaced than just adding or repairing it. This is because air can escape through the gaps between the shingles and around nails. Older houses will have less efficient insulation.
These are just a few ways that your roof can improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Install New Insulation
Insulation under your roof is the most important thing to save energy. This should be done at the same time as your roof re-roofing. Because your roofers can access your attic, they can place insulation there while your roof is being replaced.
The sun’s radiation can heat your home by heating uninsulated attics. This can cause your AC unit to work harder than necessary.
Increase your Ventilation
Insulation acts as a barrier between living space and attic structure. However, the roof can get very hot in the summer months. Excessive heat can cause damage to roof decking, and shingle life may be cut short if there isn’t enough ventilation.
Proper ventilation will allow natural airflow circulation to occur. Cool air is drawn into the ceiling vents and heated up during travel. It then rises to the top, where it exhausts through exhaust vents.
We will make sure that your ventilation is properly done when you have a new roof installed.
Choose a lighter shine color
The heat is more absorbed by dark colors. Black leather or asphalt can get very hot. It can be very hot, especially if it is compared to the concrete of a lighter car.
This is true for your shingle color. The heat that dark-colored roofs absorb is greater than that of light-colored roofs. This means they transfer more heat to the attic and underside of the roof deck.
Get a new roof to improve your home’s energy efficiency
You can see that a new roof and insulation can make your home more efficient. A Old Time Roofing is your Orlando and Tampa Roofer. We are available to assist you with the process and answer any questions.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which offers roofing in St Petersburg Fl. Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.