We’ve all heard that April showers bring May flowers. And in Louisiana, we all know that with those flowers come high temperatures and higher energy bills. Constantly running your air conditioner between May & September is never easy on your wallet, and no matter what you try, your monthly power bill is likely, literally going through the roof. Your roof is your best defense against summer. Is your roof ready to help you save a few bucks this summer?
Investing in your roof now can save you some serious dollars through the entire year. During the heat of the summer months and the cold of the winter months, your roof is responsible for the climate in your home. A low-efficiency, poorly insulated roof will let in too much heat in during the summer, and let too much heat escape during the winter.
You can combat both of these issues with a few simple measures. When selecting the material for your roof, it’s important to select one with a high solar reflectance. This means your roof will reflect the sun’s energy back out away from your home, allowing less heat. These materials can reduce the temperature of your roof’s surface by as much as 30%. These materials will be efficient at releasing any stored heat that may have been absorbed from the sun; this is called “high emittance”.
There are some other important factors to account for when choosing your new roof. Roofing products that feature the government’s Energy Star label own the highest reflectivity. Typically these products can reflect enough light and heat to reduce your roof’s surface temperature by 100 degrees. The aesthetics of the roofing material you select will go a long way in determining not only your home’s appearance, but also its efficiency. Light colored materials tend to reflect energy better in warmer climates like Louisiana. As far as physical materials go, clay tiles offer the most efficient option in all climates.
The next step to keeping temperatures down in the summer, heat release down in the winter and most importantly, energy cost down all year, is insulation. Adding or redoing the insulation in your attic is a great way to reduce the transfer of heat. You will want insulation with a high “R-Value”. This type of insulation will keep the heat out of your home in the summer by resisting it from the outside, and trap the heat your furnace creates during the winter to keep your home warm.
If a new roof doesn’t quite fit in your budget this year, you can still share in the savings. Your current roof can be covered in a light colored coating. This coating can reduce your roof's temperature from 50 to 80 degrees.
Another potential benefit of these improvements is the possibility of tax rebates. Depending on your state, increasing the thermal value of your home may entitle you to additional deductions.
You can protect your home, and your wallet, this summer and enjoy the savings all year round. The last, and most crucial step is to select a trusted and professional roofing company. At Cribb’s incorporated we’ve been improving and protecting South Louisiana roofs for over 50 years.
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