Eventually, you will need to replace your roof and you may be considering improvements for this major maintenance project on your home. Today, there are many different options to improve the energy performance of your roof, with things like light cool roofing, insulated sheeting and other thermal improvements. Here are some of the best thermal improvements that you may want to consider doing with your roof replacement project:
1. Choosing A Light Cool Roofing Material That Reflects Heat
Choosing a lighter colored roofing material can be a great way to make your roof more energy efficient. The lighter colored roofs are often termed cool roofs because they reflect heat to keep your home cool. This is often done with synthetic material, and today there are also some asphalt shingle products that can be used for your roof replacement to help make it a cool roof. If you want to use conventional shingles and colors, choose colors that are lighter and reflect heat, such as greens and light greys.
2. Adding A Thermal Sheathing Underlayment To Reduce Energy Loss
The sheathing beneath your roof can also affect thermal performance. Old roof decking with boards can cause leaks due to boards warping, as well as air leaks. Modern plywood has improvements but lack energy performance. This is why backed OSB plywood and rigid thermal sheathing materials have been developed. These materials help to reflect heat and keep it out of your home and in your home when it is cold. A new layer of thin materials can be added to your roof for these improvements.
3. Better Performing Moisture Barriers For Better Energy Performance And Durability
The moisture barrier beneath shingles is a thin asphalt paper, which helps to prevent moisture from condensation. It can also give a roof added protection from leaks. If you are replacing your roof, you may want to consider newer synthetic materials rather than asphalt paper. These materials are good because they are stronger and they also help to give your roof more thermal protection. These materials can cost a little more than conventional felt paper, but they can make a different in the energy performance of your roof.
These are some of the best thermal roofing improvement to help save energy with your new roof installation. If you are ready for a new roof, contact a roofing contractor, such as those at Jerry's Roofing, and talk with them about some of these thermal improvements for your roof.Share