How Replacing Your Roof Makes Your Home Cooler
Everyone knows that new replacement windows can help keep your home cooler in the summer. But what about your roof? The truth is old roofing can lose a significant amount of energy all year, especially during the summer, leading to high energy bills and a hot, uncomfortable home.
Here is how roofing can help lower energy bills, make your home feel cooler, and even protect you from the summertime elements.
Shingle Color Selection and Heat Transfer
According to the EPA, the surface of your roof can be 50 degrees to 90 degrees higher than the air temperature outside. This causes a considerable problem in terms of heat transfer with this excess heat making its way into your home.
One way to reduce heat transfer is considering the color of your shingles. Unsurprisingly, black shingles absorb the most amount of heat. However, other lighter options for shingle colors exist depending on the brand. For example, Owens Corning, our roof replacement partner, provides shingles in several light-colored hues.
The best shingle color to reduce heat transfer is labeled as cool roofing. Owens Corning’s Sashta White shingles are certified by Energy Star and help reflect heat away from your home. According to the Department of Energy, cool roofing can help reduce the roof’s surface temperature by 50 degrees F.
Install Adequate Ventilation
One aspect of roof replacement is ventilation. There are several ventilation styles such as ridge vents and soffit vents. If your attic isn’t ventilated, there is no way for hot air to escape from your attic. This quickly leads to skyrocketing energy bills as your air conditioning works in overdrive.
Keep in mind that you don’t want to over ventilate your home, either. This can be just as bad since it can open many vulnerable areas for leaks.
A roofing professional can help you determine what type (and how much) ventilation is right for your new roofing.
Don’t Forget Insulation
Attic insulation isn’t only used in the wintertime. While it certainly helps keep your home warm, it also helps regulate indoor temperature. Once your home feels cool, it can help maintain that feeling even during the hottest summer days.
Save More Energy with New Roofing
Professional roof installation is vital to performance no matter the season. When it comes to choosing quality roofing at the best value, you can’t go wrong with our Owens Corning roofing systems. We’ve mastered the art of energy savings in both summer and winter with our roof replacement as well as windows, doors, and vinyl siding.
Your roof takes a beating from Mother Nature all year long. The hot days of summer can really turn the temperature up in your home and increase the cost of cooling it. A healthy roofing system is one way to properly circulate the air inside your attic and home as well as insulate your home from outside elements.
If you have concerns about your roof or other exterior products, get in touch with Universal Windows Direct of Ft. Wayne today at 260-438-9112 and ask for our free consultation!