As long as your roof is cared for and maintained by a professional, it will protect your home against the elements throughout its effective life span. Once it needs a complete replacement, you might just go for the same material. However, you can take this as an opportunity to upgrade to a better and more beneficial roofing system. For instance, if you’re aiming for better energy efficiency and comfort, you need to consider specific materials and options that make that possible. We share some of the best qualities that make an energy-efficient roof:
Efficient Roofing Ventilation
When your attic starts to accumulate warm air, it must be properly dissipated to prevent it from lingering. Otherwise, the heat can cause moisture buildup and slowly damage the inner roofing layers. This leads to rot, mold and mildew, compromising the roof’s structural integrity. At the same time, too much heat in your attic can also affect indoor temperatures, forcing your HVAC to work harder than necessary and consume more energy. Fortunately, this won’t happen if you have enough intake and exhaust vents installed on your new roof.
The Right Roof Color for Your Climate
If you’re considering a shingle roof replacement, your choice of color is crucial to its energy efficiency. Light shingles can quickly reflect much of the sun’s radiant heat and can be beneficial during summer. Dark shingles are effective during winter because they help absorb more heat for your home. Both colors have benefits and drawbacks, so choose what’s best for your local climate.
Adequate Layer of Insulation
No matter what shingle color you choose, your indoor comfort won’t be significantly impacted if you have improperly installed attic insulation. Proper attic insulation is crucial as it helps manage your home’s energy expenditure. It even extends your roof’s life span because it helps dissipate excess heat by acting as a thermal barrier that keeps your home cool during summer. It also helps retain indoor heat during winter so your furnace or heat pump doesn’t consume too much energy to maintain indoor comfort.
Don’t hesitate to call Homecraft® Inc. for your residential roofing repair and replacement needs. To get started, just call us at (302) 798-0302. You can also reach us online to get a free estimate. We serve residents in Newark, Middletown, Bear and surrounding areas in Delaware.