Energy-Efficient Roofing Tips

With the rising cost of energy it is important to start replacing old or outdated roofing and install energy-efficient roofing. An energy-efficient roof can lower household energy cost and reduce harmful emissions. Here some different options you can choose for an energy-efficient roofing system.

Green Roofs

Green roofs are a great way to lower energy costs and to promote sustainability. A Green roof is a type of roofing that is covered with vegetation and planted over a waterproof surface on the roof.

Green roofs have many benefits, especially in urban areas:

  • They can reduce the cooling load on a building by 50-90%
  • ¬†Filters out pollutants and carbon dioxide in the air, making it easier to breath
  • Reduces noise pollution for buildings
  • Can increase the life of a roof by 200%, if maintained properly
  • Reduction in energy cost all year
  • Reduces storm water run offs

Green roofs cost slightly more to install and maintain than traditional black roofing, but easily payback for themselves over time by lowering energy cost throughout the year.

Cool Roofs

Cool roofs are a type of energy-efficient roofing that use reflective types of paint, sheet or tiles. Cool roofs utilize these reflective type of materials to reflective more of the sun’s heat and sunlight off the roof than traditional roofs, thus reducing the roof’s temperature. Lowering a roof’s temperature saves money on energy costs and reduces greenhouse emissions.

Low and sleep sloped roof can be refitted with cool roofing materials. While the initial refitting or installing may cost some money upfront, the payback will more than make up for it.