Energy efficient roofs
Posted By MyGuy
Did you know that there are products for your roofing needs that can help
you save money? Replacing your entire roof or just a portion of it can
be a costly investment for any homeowner. Roofs are more than waterproofing;
it is needed to hold up the structure of your home as well as keeping
the contents and your family safe and secure. Contact the ToFixIt trust
certified professional roofing experts.
- Energy efficiency seems to be high on every homeowner's agenda these
days. With the escalating costs of electricity and fuel there is no better
time than now to take advantage of the many ENERGY STAR qualified roof
products that are available. These roofs can be helpful by reflecting
more of the sun’s rays. This can result in the lowering of the roof's
surface temperature by up to 100F. Thus decreasing the amount of heat
that is being transferred into a residential or commercial building. The
ENERGY STAR roofing shingles can help cut down on the energy needed to
air condition or heat your home. Sometimes the difference can be 10 to
15 percent difference in temperature in your house or office building.
A new more efficient roof material can help extend the life of your air
conditioning unit because it will run less often or for a shorter duration
to help cool off your living or working environment. This is especially
helpful if you live in the hot Arizona sun, where the average temperature
from May through September is 94 to 104 degrees.
- Of course, like any home improvement project, it is important to do your
homework and ask your roofing contractor to explain some of the factors
that can affect your savings. Some of the things to keep in mind include
the design of your home or office, what type and how much insulation was
installed and the typical weather for your area. You also want to make
sure that your roof adds to the curb appeal of your home or office space.
They can make a dramatic difference.
These roof products bearing the ENERGY STAR label are simply based on their
solar reflectance, without compromising product quality and performance.
Many of these products qualify for tax credits and must be installed on
your "principal residence" between January 1, 2011 and December
31, 2013. Time is running out to take advantage of these tax credits,
now might be the right time to learn more about these roofing materials.
ENERGY STAR roofing products are not restricted to any particular type
of roof product; however, the three most common types of roofs here in
Phoenix are tile, shingle and of course flat roofs.
The following roof systems are included:
- Built-up/ Hot Asphalt roofs
- Roof tiles/ Concrete & Clay
- Polyurethane Foam systems
- Asphalt Shingles
- Roof Coatings
These "Cool Roofs" and Eco- Friendly roofing systems come in
a large variety of colors and styles. For Low-slope or flat roofs, and
particularly foam roofs, homeowners installing new white elastomeric coatings
can also help extend the life of their existing roof in lieu of installing
a whole new roofing system. Some of the ToFixIt certified experts
have used the local manufacturer Pro-Tech products for many years, which
specializes in coatings thus earning the ENERGY STAR rating on many of
their roofing and gutter products.
Shingle manufacturer Certainteed offers its "Solaris" product
line of dimensional roof shingles that qualify. One manufacturer of concrete
roofing tile, Eagle, offers 21 cool roof colors. Eagle also offers "solar
tiles" that have replaced, in some cases, the traditional roof solar
panels that have been in use for the past 20 years.
Whatever your Eco-friendly roofing needs is the roofing professional experts
can provide you with the industry's best products and most advanced
roofing products on the market today.
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