You may have replaced your windows and maybe even your siding in an attempt to make your home more energy efficient. Do you know that there is one more change that can help? It’s your roofing system. Although the majority of the energy-efficiency is in the insulation and ventilation, your shingles can make a difference. Here are some things to consider if you want a more energy efficient home and need a new roof.

Consider Architectural Shingles

Although architectural shingles cost more than 3-tab shingles that you may currently have on your home, they’re more energy efficient. That’s because are significantly thicker than their 3-tab counterparts. The added layers of materials in their construction not only makes them more insulative, but also longer lasting and more durable. If you have 3-tab shingles now, consider architectural ones for your new roof.

Lighter is Better

When it comes to energy-efficiency, lighter is better. Think about how on a sunny summer’s day you’re cooler in a light color shirt. Your roof is essentially the shirt for your home. The lighter it is, the more of the sun’s heat will be reflected back. This can make a big difference in the summer in your cooling costs. If your budget allows and you’re looking for maximum energy-efficiency, look at the ENERGY STAR® rated colors offered by many manufacturers. They cost a bit more but will save you more over a light-colored roof that’s non-rated.

Talk to Your Roofer about Your Ventilation

When your roof is properly vented, your attic doesn’t build up as much heat. This leads to a cooler home. Older homes don’t always have proper ventilation. Whether you’re getting a new roof or not, you can talk to your roofing company about your attic ventilation and they can make changes if you feel your attic is too hot during the summer. Ventilation isn’t just for the summer, proper ventilation also helps prevent ice dams in the winter.

Frank-Dale Roofing & Exteriors can help you with your new roof. We offer several brands of shingles, all of which offer ENERGY STAR rated colors and other light colors to help with your cooling costs. Call us today at (414) 425-5796 for your free estimate for a new roof, ventilation evaluation or any of our other services. You can also fill out our contact form and we’ll call you.

You may have replaced your windows and maybe even your siding in an attempt to make your home more energy efficient. Do you know that there is one more change that can help? It’s your roofing system. Although the majority of the energy-efficiency is in the insulation and ventilation, your shingles can make a difference. Here are some things to consider if you want a more energy efficient home and need a new roof.

Consider Architectural Shingles

Although architectural shingles cost more than 3-tab shingles that you may currently have on your home, they’re more energy efficient. That’s because are significantly thicker than their 3-tab counterparts. The added layers of materials in their construction not only makes them more insulative, but also longer lasting and more durable. If you have 3-tab shingles now, consider architectural ones for your new roof.

Lighter is Better

When it comes to energy-efficiency, lighter is better. Think about how on a sunny summer’s day you’re cooler in a light color shirt. Your roof is essentially the shirt for your home. The lighter it is, the more of the sun’s heat will be reflected back. This can make a big difference in the summer in your cooling costs. If your budget allows and you’re looking for maximum energy-efficiency, look at the ENERGY STAR® rated colors offered by many manufacturers. They cost a bit more but will save you more over a light-colored roof that’s non-rated.

Talk to Your Roofer about Your Ventilation

When your roof is properly vented, your attic doesn’t build up as much heat. This leads to a cooler home. Older homes don’t always have proper ventilation. Whether you’re getting a new roof or not, you can talk to your roofing company about your attic ventilation and they can make changes if you feel your attic is too hot during the summer. Ventilation isn’t just for the summer, proper ventilation also helps prevent ice dams in the winter.

Frank-Dale Roofing & Exteriors can help you with your new roof. We offer several brands of shingles, all of which offer ENERGY STAR rated colors and other light colors to help with your cooling costs. Call us today at (414) 425-5796 for your free estimate for a new roof, ventilation evaluation or any of our other services. You can also fill out our contact form and we’ll call you.