Energy Efficient Roof
If you live in Houston, at one point or another, you have wondered how you can reduce your electricity bill. Keep in mind the following items and they can make a difference when it comes to increasing your homes energy efficiency. Enjoy the Houston summer!
Color of Shingles
The color of your asphalt shingles can affect your homes internal temperature significantly. Lighter color roofs absorb less heat compared to darker roofs and therefore allow your air conditioning system to operate more effectively. Dark shingles have advantages for colder climates; however, we are in Houston, so no need to provide details. The best color of your roof is what you as the homeowner like best. However if you are debating between light and dark color, my opinion as a Houston roofing expert is to choose the lighter color.
Timberline Cool Series
One of GAF’s newest energy saving technologies is Timberline Cool Series (2016); highly reflective shingles that lower temperatures of your roof and could offer energy savings. Per GAF website, cool roofs may save homeowners between 7-15% of total cooling cost. This depends on variables such as geography, structure, and climate, but considering the Houston heat I am sure homeowners will see positive effects.
The Cool Series aesthetically is very similar to GAF’s most popular shingles in Houston, “Timberline HD.” The shingles colors of the Cool Series are WeatherWood, Barkwood, and Antique Slate. These colors are popular and accepted by most if not all HOA’s (especially WeatherWood) in Houston.
Timberline Cool Series is significantly more expensive than traditional GAF HD Timberline shingles due to its extra benefits. Due to the higher cost, it is not the best choice for every roof, however it is my duty to inform the homeowner about all the options available. No extra cost for labor, installation is the same.
LP TechShield Radiant Barrier
TechShield is designed to lower the temperature of your attic. The difference between TechShield and regular OSB decking is that TechShield has a thin, durable sheet of aluminum on one side of the OSB. TechShield reduces monthly cooling cost by blocking 97% of the radiant heat in the roof panel from emitting into a home’s attic, reducing an attic’s temperature by up to 30° F.
Due to its efficiency and energy consciousness, TechShield has been installed in millions of homes in the United States and is preferred by many new construction builders.
Depending on the age of your home, there is a high probability that your home does not currently have TechShield installed. In many roof replacements, customers choose not to install TechShield because it means removing the OSB decking and installing TechShield.
For new construction projects and re-decks, I recommend using TechShield. Upgrade from regular OSB to TechShield is minimal and there is no extra installation cost.
A Radiant Barrier system installed in your attic can be beneficial to increase your homes energy efficiency. ASO Roofing & Renovation does not install radiant barrier; however, we are aware that an authentic radiant barrier system will block radiant heat and increase your homes energy efficiency. For more information and details I recommend you contact your local radiant barrier professionals.
Ridge Vents help exhaust heat and moisture from your attic. Ridge vents are installed on the entire length of the roof peak. Ridge Vents look attractive on your roof, and they allow balance airflow. Ridge vents are made to let nothing but air to flow through them, so insects and other unwanted creatures are left out. If your home structure allows Ridge Vent installation, we highly recommend that you have it installed.
Soffit vents are an essential part of a ventilation system and sometimes overlooked. A soffit vent is installed on the underside of the homes soffit, and it allows fresh outside air to enter the roof at the lowest point. Outside air comes in through the soffit vents and hotter air leaves through the ridge vent. Soffit vents work well in conjunction with Ridge Vents.
Other Ventilation Accessories
There are other ventilation accessories such as turbine vents, air hawks, and many others. More ventilation does not mean a better ventilation system. In some cases, we will recommend additional ventilation accessories, however, please keep in mind that more is not always better. Every home is different and merits a different solution.
Contact ASO Roofing & Renovation if you are interested in an energy efficient roofing system. We are a Houston Roofing Contractor that cares about providing you with the best solution for all your roofing needs.