When it comes to your home’s energy efficiency, the roof is a great place to start. Ensuring your roofing system is as energy efficient as possible goes a long way in saving you money on your heating and cooling bills. The roof is one of the most significant components of a home. It protects you from the elements and helps ensure your home is insulated and can maintain a comfortable interior temperature. Here are a few things you need to know about energy efficiency and roofs.
Impact of Roof Color
It is commonly known that darker colors absorb heat while lighter colors reflect heat. This also applies to your roof. The color you choose for your shingles or metal roof plays an important factor in energy efficiency. The right color will go a long way in helping you save money on your energy bills.
In the Pennsylvania and Maryland regions, the most common type of Energy Star roof is made of asphalt shingles. These shingles are low maintenance and very energy efficient. They come in a variety of styles and a wide range of colors. Their only drawback is they can be damaged in high wind and storm events.
Metal roofing has become more popular in recent years. It is reasonably priced, lightweight, and durable. Metal roofing has natural reflective properties that make it very energy efficient. The drawback to metal roofing is that it is not as easily repaired in smaller sections if damaged.
Insulation and Ventilation
The key to an energy-efficient roofing system here in the northeast is proper insulation. Going hand-in-hand with proper insulation is ensuring your attic is also properly ventilated. Keeping a steady flow of air circulating through your attic will help in both the cold winter and hot summer months. Proper ventilation during winter helps keep ice dams from forming on your roof. Ice dams can be damaging to shingles, gutters, and even interior walls. During the hot summer months, when attic temperatures can easily reach 100 degrees or more, proper ventilation will help keep your AC unit from working so hard, thus saving you on your energy bills.