Bergen County Roofing: Article About Energy Efficient Roofing Tips
There are many reasons that you as a homeowner might want an energy-efficient roof. Using specific roofing materials can help to reduce the cost of your power bill, keep your home at a more comfortable temperature and relieve the strain on your local power grid. Additionally, the government provides rebates on cool roofing products that qualify under the EPA's Energy Star program. While these benefits are all great incentives, you might be putting off that next roofing job because you just don't know how to get a cooler roof. Don't procrastinate any longer: Use the following tips on roof coloring and materials to find roofing options that will help you save hundreds in cooling and heating costs.
One of the ways you can save money on cooling costs is by simply switching to a lighter-colored roof. Bergen County roofing choices provide many diverse options for using roof color to cool a home. A study done in 2000 by the Florida Solar Energy Center states that a white, galvanized metal roof should save someone who lives in an average-sized, 1,770 square foot home approximately $128 or 23 percent annually in cooling costs. The study noted significant savings across the board with lighter colored materials, though cement and metal reflected the most solar energy.
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If you're insistent that your roof must be darker colored, there are other options you can explore. Many roofing shingles now incorporate Cool Roof Color Pigments, which are specially designed to help cool your roof while still reflecting heat. You may be familiar with how what we perceive as color is the reflection of un-absorbed visible light off of a surface. Much of the sun's thermal energy comes not only from the visible spectrum but the ultraviolet and near-infrared spectrum as well. You can use roofing materials that incorporate these pigments to reflect that energy.
While reflecting the sun's energy often depends on the pigment properties of your shingles, you should also think about what the shingles are made from. The study from the Florida Solar Energy Center also noted that white terra cotta materials only provide modest energy savings when compared to dark-colored composite shingles. Tile did only slightly better than terra cotta when it came to reflecting solar energy. Thus, color only matters so much. While cement and metal are best for reflecting heat, other options like composite and slate shingles perform similarly well.
On a final note, many composite materials made with synthetic components perform similarly to cement roofing. Don't be afraid to consider composite shingles as an option; just be sure to consider the cost of specialty shingles compared to long-term energy savings.