Summer is coming to East Texas, and your air conditioning system is already dreading it. Your house bakes in the sun all day long, and your roof is all that stands between you and that blistering assault. When the temperature hits 100 degrees by ten in the morning and only dips to 90 overnight, your cooling bill skyrockets. Insulation and energy efficient windows are important, but so is your roofing.
If you’re looking at a roof replacement this spring, it’s a good idea to research energy efficient roofing types. A lot of people we work with love how affordable it is to get a new roof with Green Sky Financing. What they don’t always expect is how much their air conditioning bill drops in the summer. We love hearing their surprise when they experience savings all summer long.
Advantage Roofing installs several types of roofing including asphalt shingles from GAF and Certainteed, Metal Roofing and other roofing materials. Here’s a comparison of the energy efficiency of each.
Energy Efficient Asphalt Shingle Roofs
One of the most affordable choices in roofing materials is asphalt shingles. Now you can have affordability and energy efficiency at the same time. Ask your Advantage Roofing expert about the GAF Timberline Cool Series Shingles. They come in rich, organic colors, and they’re highly reflective to divert the sun’s rays from your attic. There’s less heat transfer, so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. You save an average of seven to 15 percent on your cooling bill.
They make such a difference in energy efficiency you might not need as large of an air conditioning unit. When it comes time to replace your A/C, you save there too. They come with a high fire rating, and some utility companies even offer rebates for installing this energy efficient roofing type.
Energy Efficient Roofing Types – Metal Roofing
A metal roof is another popular choice for improving your home’s energy efficiency. Sometimes people shy away from metal roofing because they know in the sun, metal becomes hot to the touch. They worry that heat will transfer to the inside of their home.
However, metal is by nature reflective. When the East Texas sun beats down on your home, metal roofing causes a large portion of that heat to bounce off instead of penetrating inside. The color of your metal roof also makes a difference. Lighter colored metal roofing is more energy efficient.
Slate and Clay
Traditional and Mediterranean-style architecture looks fantastic with a slate or clay tile roof. If that’s what you’re thinking, you can still save on energy costs. Both types of roofing material is available in treated options that deflect heat. As with metal roofing, lighter colors will be more energy efficient.
Our climate is hot and humid, so it makes sense to invest in energy efficient roofing types. If you’re building a home or researching your roof replacement options, give us a call. We’ll provide a free roof evaluation and help you find a way to meet all your roofing goals.