People put a lot of effort into out-fitting their kitchens, laundry rooms, and furnace rooms with energy-efficient gear. There is, however, one area of the house that is severely overlooked despite its significant influence on energy costs – the roof!
Though overlooked, roofs make up a significant portion of a house’s curb appeal and play a large role in determining property value. Not only that, the lives of the residents are entrusted to the quality of the roof. Simply put – roofs matter. Keep reading to discover how the correct roof can save you money!
Types of Roofs and the Materials That are Energy Efficient
The first energy-efficient roofing option is common, but its status as an energy-efficient roofing option might surprise you: tile!
Tile roofs, made from concrete or clay, are energy efficient because of their design. They overlap when placed together and open little corridors between themselves that allow for increased air circulation, thus increasing efficiency.
The second roofing option you’ll likely know is solar shingles. Solar shingles are similar to solar panels in their composition and use. They utilize photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity. While this eco-friendly roofing option may cost more upfront than a simple clay tile, it certainly pays for itself over time.
Our pick for the best overall energy-efficient roof is fiberglass. These affordable, asphalt-covered shingles are unrivaled in longevity due to the nature of their construction; you can easily expect 25-50 years from them. Fiberglass shingles are also capable of roof-cooling technologies that reduce the heat absorbed by the home! Century Roofing offers a wide selection of fiberglass shingles – contact us today to get started on your next project!
Why Energy-Efficient Roofing is Important in Summer & in Winter
It’s true, cool roofs, such as fiberglass roofs, do reflect solar heat that would typically be used to contribute to heating (and thereby lowering winter-time heating cost.) However, just because energy-efficient cool roofs suffer from a slight penalty in winter, it doesn’t mean they aren’t desirable.
The summer savings from a cool, energy-efficient roof, actually outweigh the penalty suffered in winter. Furthermore, fiberglass roofs, such as Grand Sequoia® ArmorShield, provide winter-resistant protection from extreme conditions while lowering summer energy costs.
How Energy-Efficient Roofing Saves Money
An energy-efficient roof simply means that it’s capable of reducing the energy consumption of the building. Typically, this comes down to reflecting sunlight and decreasing the workload of air conditioning or heating.
Tile and fiberglass achieve their efficiency exactly in this way – they mitigate the heat allowed into the house which decreases the AC’s workload. The energy required by the AC is lowered, and, as a consequence, you save money.
However, not all energy-efficient roofs save energy in the same way. For instance, solar shingles aren’t designed to cool the roof. Instead, solar shingles generate energy from the sun and use it to supplement (or even fully replace) the energy used to power the AC unit. Nevertheless, both methods of energy efficiency contribute to lower home energy usage and savings!
Reliable Ottawa Roofing Experts
Contact Century Roofing if you’re interested in protecting your roof and your wallet! Century Roofing has a wide range of energy-efficient roofing options that keep energy and maintenance costs down.
We’re happy to provide our trusted roofing services to the Ottawa region and we’re looking forward to having you as our next satisfied customer!