Homes and businesses are starting to use energy-efficient roofing materials more and more. Unlike traditional materials, energy efficient styles absorb less heat. They are at least 50 percent cooler than regular roofs during the hottest points of the summer. They also reflect up to 65 percent more heat and sunlight. Traditional roofing materials only reflect up to 35 percent.
There are several benefits of using energy efficient materials. Because the heat is reflected away from the house, less energy is required to keep the home cool. When less energy is used, there is a decrease in the levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
Types of Energy Efficient Roofs
There are several types of energy efficient materials. They may be slightly more expensive than traditional. But, the amount of money saved on energy costs over time makes it worth the investment. Metal, tile, and solar shingles are some of the energy-efficient materials available for use.
Metal is known for being a durable material and one that can handle extreme weather conditions. It is also fire-proof and not insusceptible to damage by insects. Metal is a highly-reflective material that has the ability to reflect a tremendous amount of sunlight. Common metals used include Aluminum and steel.
Tile is a popular roofing material amongst homeowners. Concrete tile can withstand damage and any weather condition. This material also has aesthetic appeal as it comes in a variety of colors and styles. These tiles greatly reduce cooling costs.
A cool roof reflects the sun’s light and heat back up into the atmosphere. Light-colored reflective materials help the structure stay cooler. While white is a common color, other colors are also available. There are several benefits to having a cool roof. They prolong the life of air conditioners. Buildings without air conditioners may not even need them, or can use smaller units. From an economic standpoint, electricity bills will decrease.
TPO and EPDM
There are also energy saving options available for flat roofs. Thermo-plastic-olefin (TPO) is one option. This material is resistant to algae and ozone. The seams of this material are welded together to create a cohesive piece. TPO has the ability to keep a building cool naturally. Ethlyne Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) has been used since the 1960s. EPDM also reflects heat and is comprised of recyclable materials.
Many aspects of home and business construction are beginning to consider using materials that are more energy and eco-friendly. The roofing industry is no different. There are several different types of materials that can help building and home owners reduce their energy costs. Call Jenesis Roofing today for your free estimate!