Most of the time when we think about energy-efficient roofing options, we go immediately to solar. And while solar is certainly a good option for some, it’s definitely not the only energy-efficient roofing option. In today’s blog, we’ll be exploring some of those, including metal roofing, slate roofing, asphalt shingles, shake singles and tile roofing.
We know what you’re thinking: but wait, aren’t those all just the regular types of roofing materials? How is it that regular old asphalt shingles are energy-efficient? What’s really cool is how many of the various types of “regular” roofing are actually also energy-efficient. In fact, you may have an energy-efficient roof already and not even know it!
If you’re looking to replace your roof, however, and are interested in weighing more energy-efficient options, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to explore how each of the options listed above is energy-efficient.
Energy StarⓇ Metal Roofing
Metal Roofing with the seal of approval from Energy StarⓇ is an option that is not only energy-efficient, but quick to install and relatively inexpensive. Energy StarⓇ metal roofs come in two main styles — metal panels and metal tile. Paneils are large, energy efficient sheets of roofing. Tiles, conversely, are formed shingles, which can be painted or manufactured to look like slate, shake, or other styles of shingles that are popular.
Won’t a metal roof be really loud when it rains, though? We do get this question a lot, and as it turns out, metal roofs aren’t any louder than any other style of roofing when it comes to the noise created by water or hail. Furthermore, metal roofing is fire-resistant, reflective to keep home cooling costs down, lightweight and long-lasting.
Slate is a gorgeous choice and an extremely energy-efficient roof option. This is because slate is extremely dense, so it helps insulate your home significantly. Slate is beautiful and also can last a lifetime. It’s a gorgeous option that simply doesn’t break down the way some other roofing options do — metal roof, for example, can unfortunately be fairly easily damaged.
Asphalt shingles create an extremely lower maintenance, energy-efficient roof. Asphalt shingles are available in a huge variety of colors and styles, and they are extremely low maintenance. They unfortunately can become damaged by storms, wind or algae growth, although there are now coatings available to help deter the growth of algae and other greenery.
Shake shingles allow for wonderful air circulation and are extremely durable. They do run the risk of rot, however, as they are typically made from wood or wooden substrates. They are also extremely visually pleasing. They are not generally recommended for very humid climates or those that receive a lot of precipitation, as wood rot and mildew problems worsen in those conditions.
Tile roofing is, similarly to slate, extremely aesthetically pleasing. Also similarly to slate, tile roofing, such as Spanish tile, is an extremely good insulator. It is best in warm, dry climates, however, as it has a tendency to absorb moisture and reflect sunlight, helping to keep the house cool.
Overall, you can see that many roofing materials you already knew about are in fact energy-efficient. Taking care when choosing new roofing materials, as well as selecting those that are Energy StarⓇ approved, will make a significant impact on the energy efficiency of your home. Your local roofer will be able to help assess and assist with any other concerns you may have about the energy efficiency of the materials in your roof. Contact Roof Recovery today with any questions and concerns you may have. We’re happy to help whenever we can.