Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Use Your Roof to Maximize Cooling During Summer Heat

Whether you are replacing or repairing your roof at the Lake of the Ozarks, there are many ways for you to insulate for maximum cooling during these hot Summer months.  You can even save money on your utility bills! Did you know that nearly half the money you spend on utility bills goes toward heating and cooling? Energy costs are literally going through the roof!  Your roof is your first and best defense against Summer heat.  Check out these 3 ways to keep your home or business cool and save you money!

Roof Insulation 


Insulation plays an important role in the amount of energy used for heating and cooling.  Proper insulation will help keep the cool air inside during the warm weather. Roof insulation can typically be added relatively easily when you are building a new home or replacing your Lake of the Ozarks roof on an existing home.

"Cool" Roofs 


In the US, over 90% of roofs are dark-colored.  These darker roofs have low-reflectance surfaces that can reach temperatures of 150-190 degrees during hot weather.  This not only causes higher energy usage, but also makes your utility bills higher. Lighter-colored, "cool" roofs with high reflectance and emissivity can stay up to 70 degrees cooler than traditional materials during the peak Summer season. These "cool" roofs also save you money on air conditioning expenses.

"Green" Roofs 


Consider putting in a "green" roof or roof top garden, a vegetative layer grown on a rooftop.  "Green" roofs provide shade and remove heat from the air through evapotranspiration, reducing the roof surface temperatures and even the temperature of the surrounding air.  These roofs act as insulators for buildings, reducing energy needed to provide cooling and heating.  In addition, green roofs can reduce and slow storm water runoff in the urban environment, and can even filter pollutants from the rainfall.

Choosing how you want to keep your home cool is just the beginning.  You'll then need to find a Lake of the Ozarks roofer you can trust to get the job done right!  Above & Beyond Roofing can help you choose the right type of roofing for your home.  Give us a call at 573-302-0354 for a FREE estimate on your next project!

Sources:
http://www.epa.gov/greenhomes/attic.htm
http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/heating-and-cooling/roof-energy-costs.htm

At Above & Beyond Roofing, we pride ourselves on being locally owned and operated, being open 7- days a week, and we turn the average roofing job in one day!  Contact Ben or Melissa for a free estimate on your next project at 573-302-0354!

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