Tips For The Most Energy Efficient Roof Possible

Replacing the roof on a home is a large financial investment, so it should not be taken lightly. If you are spending the money to replace your roof, it is well worth your money to take the proper measures to ensure that your roof is as energy efficient as possible. A highly energy efficient roof may cost a little bit more upfront, but your energy savings month after month, year after year will more than make up for it. An experienced residential roofing contractor will be able to work with you to ensure that your new roof is very energy efficient. If you're interested in having an energy efficient roof, consider the following tips:

Choose the Right Roofing Materials

When you want an energy efficient roof, the type of materials you select matters. If you are planning on a shingle roof, look for shingles in light colors-- they will reflect sunlight and heat while dark colored shingles will absorb it. You may also want to consider investing in a metal roof, since metal roofs are known for being incredibly energy efficient and also last a long time. 

Upgrade Insulation

Insulation may not be something that you can see readily with your own eyes, but it plays a really big role in making a roof energy efficient. One thing that you can opt to do is opt to have a radiant barrier applied to your roof deck before the roofing materials are installed. A radiant barrier attached to the roof deck will help prevent heat from entering your attic. While you're having a new roof installed, it is also a good idea to have your attic checked out. If you have old, builder grade insulation, upgrading to new, stronger insulation can help protect your roof and keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

Check the Ventilation

Few people realize how important ventilation is for an energy efficient roof and attic. If you have an older home, there is a good chance that the ventilation in your attic may not be up to par. When you meet with the roofing contractor who will be installing your new roof, ask him or her to inspect your ventilation. In the event that your attic is not properly ventilated, changes can be made along your roofline to rectify the problem. It does not make sense to spend the money on highly energy efficient roofing materials if the attic is not properly vented.