Using the right roofing material has a major impact on the energy efficiency of your building. Reducing energy waste is possible when you choose the most reflective surface that meets your needs. However, not all roofing materials are created equal.
Some roofing materials may be better suited to certain homes or businesses than others. Whether you are replacing an old roof, covering a new building, or building additions onto an existing one, these types of materials can help you save energy over the long term.
Tile roofs are environmentally friendly and may be made of recycled or reclaimed materials which can be a major resource when it comes to saving energy while cooling your building. Tiles molded with a corrugated pattern encourage air flow, which allows heat to dissipate more easily during summer. Certain manufacturers offer tiles that are given a special coating to reflect sunlight.
If you live in an area that experiences severe weather, these tiles are not the best choice for your building. They are more brittle and can shatter under large hailstones or heavy snowfall. This reduces their efficiency as they frequently need to be repaired or replaced. Tile roofs are best for buildings that need the additional airflow to help them reduce cooling costs and in areas that are not likely to experience severe hailstorms.
Foam roofing gives a huge boost to a building’s energy efficiency. It is a fantastic insulator, provides a protective UV barrier, and the unique application techniques used means it seals gaps and is not likely to develop leaks. This type of roofing material is best suited for flat roofs since it requires professional installation to ensure even, proper coverage.
Typically, foam roofing is not recyclable. Foam roofing is best used for situations that require a very high level of energy efficiency when it can be properly applied.
Metal roofing is one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials available. It resists fires and harsh weather, is recyclable, lasts a long time, and is excellent at reflecting sunlight. On the other hand, thermal expansion and contraction over time can cause some metal roofs to begin to leak and become less efficient.
Metal roofing is great for situations where durability, longevity, and resistance to rough climates are necessary, and in areas where other types of energy efficient roofing may not be appropriate.
Energy efficient roofing materials are not a one-size-fits-all solution. No matter what kind of situation you are dealing with, Heller’s Building and Remodeling, a Lansdale roofing contractor, can help you find the right energy-saving roof for your home or business.