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Energy efficient roofs

Posted By MyGuy || 6-Mar-2013

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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