Soon, it may be time to have your old roofing replaced. When replacing asphalt shingles, you may want to consider some modern improvements for energy efficiency that can reduce energy loss and heat gain. These improvements can include using different materials for roofing, insulating your attic and installing thermal barriers for a better roof design. Here are some of the improvements that you may want to consider for your roof replacement:
1. Using More Modern Materials For A Cooler Roof And Thermal Barrier
When you choose to replace your asphalt shingles, using the same material may be an affordable option, but there are also many asphalt alternatives that you may want to consider. If you want to make your roof cooler, you may want to consider materials that are lighter in color, which will reflect heat and sunlight. There are also materials made from recycled waste like rubber and plastics that can be a good, green choice for a cooler roof for your home.
2. Adding Underlayments And Sheathing That Aid In Improving Energy Efficiency
Underlayments can include the plywood decking and a moisture barrier that is installed beneath your shingles. These materials can also be improved to help make your roof more energy efficient. Look for materials like plywood with reflective backing to help keep energy in your home. The moisture barrier can also be made from a thicker composite material that also helps to improve the energy performance of your roof.
3. Addressing Issues With Ventilation And Insulation In The Attic Beneath The Roof
There are also issues that you will want to address with the ventilation of your roof. You can talk with a roofing contractor about the current ventilation design and if there are improvements that can help ventilate the roof better. In addition, you may want to consider improvements to the insulation in the attic to help keep the energy in your home and protect against problems like ice dams during the winter months. You may want to consider adding more layers of insulation to the joists in the attic. Another option is to insulate the rafters, which will help prevent heat from melting ice, which is a major cause of the buildup of ice dams.
These are some of the roof improvements that you may want to consider to keep energy inside your home. If you are ready for a roof replacement, contact a roofing contractor and talk with them about some of these options for your home.
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