As a homeowner you may be familiar with purchasing energy efficient appliances to reduce energy costs for your home. Many homeowners do not realize that another great way to improve energy efficiency is actually through your roof. With close to fifty percent of all utility costs going toward the heating and cooling of your home; improving the energy efficiency of your roof can save you a decent chunk of change. Your roof is one of the best protections against the elements in Jacksonville, so investing now is a great way of saving later. While this list is not extensive, here are a few ways to improve the energy efficiency of your roof in Jacksonville, FL.
Using A Reflective Roofing Material
If you are in the market for a full roofing replacement, it is a great time to consider using an energy efficient material. Since the sun’s rays hit your roof directly, using a material that is reflective is a great way to keep your home from retaining additional heat especially in the hot Florida summers. There are a variety of materials that are great for reflecting the sun’s rays including: asphalt shingles, cedar shingles, tile shingles, and metal shingles. Metal roofing for example can provide a significant amount of savings to your energy bills over time due to its ability to reflect the sun. Although more expensive to install initially, metal roofing typically lasts longer than many other roofing materials and can save you money in the long term due to its durability.
Choosing a Lighter Color Roof
Jacksonville residents that have experienced a summer in our sunny state know that the summers can get hot. Just like if you wear a black shirt on a sunny day, a darker roof will absorb more heat than a lighter colored roof. Since more heat is being absorbed into your home with a darker color roof, your air conditioner will have to work hard to keep your home cool, resulting in higher cooling costs. Luckily, roofing materials are available in a variety of different lighter colors to allow the roof to match with the rest of your home’s style, while saving you money.
Roof Cooling Coating
If you do not need a roof replacement, using a roof cooling coating is a more affordable way to improve the energy efficiency of your roof. By applying a roof cooling coating, you can reduce heat retention in your existing roof. Applying a coating can reduce energy costs while making your roof more water resistant and protecting against the harmful UV rays of the sun.
By Improving roofing Jacksonville FL residents can experience some major cost savings when it comes to their utilities. Interested in talking to one of Morgan Conley’s roofing experts about how to improve your energy efficiency? Give us a call today at (904) 380-1563. We are happy to provide an estimate of any of our services to help make your roof more energy efficient. Our team of roofing experts is excited to assist you with all your roofing needs.