How to Save on Energy Costs With a New Roof
At Denali Roofing in Fort Collins, we understand that a new roof can be a big investment. But did you know that this one-time investment can help you save money on energy costs for years to come? When you choose the proper materials, the appropriate roof color, and ensure your ventilation is working properly, your roof will help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, which results in lower energy costs for you.
In today’s blog post, we are going to provide you with a few tips on how to ensure that your new roof will help reduce your energy costs. Continue reading to learn more and if you are ready for a new roof that will help save you money, contact Denali Roofing. We specialize in roof repair, preventative roof maintenance, and roof replacement. Contact us today for a free roof inspection to get started.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
While you’re having a new roof installed, it’s important to ensure that your ventilation is working properly. Roofing ventilation systems consist of intake vents that are typically located in the soffits beneath the eaves and exhaust vents on top of your roof. The intake vents allow cool air to enter your attic and when the air warms, it rises and exits out of the exhaust vents. Proper ventilation will not only help you save money on energy costs but can also extend the life of your roof. Poor ventilation can shorten the life of shingles and warp roof decking.
Choose ENERGY STAR® Certified Materials
Choosing ENERGY STAR® certified roofing materials can also help you save money on energy costs, just as it implies in the name. ENERGY STAR® materials help to reflect sunlight and can reduce the surface temperature of your roof by up to 100 degrees. Your local roofing contractor can help you choose the right materials to help you save money on energy bills.
Choose an Appropriate Roof Color
The color of your roof can also have an effect on your energy costs. In Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming, we experience all four seasons, which can make it a bit more difficult to choose a roof color. A darker roof will help to attract and absorb heat to keep your home warmer in the winter and a lighter colored roof will help reflect the sun’s heat to keep your home cooler in the summer. Choosing the appropriate roof color when you live in an environment that has both cold and hot times to the year can be difficult, but your trusted, local roofing contractor can help you decide which color is right for your roof.
Update Your Insulation
While you’re having a new roof installed, it’s a great idea to update your attic’s insulation at the same time. Insulation in your attic can not only help to extend the life of your new roof, but it is also one of the most important factors that will affect your energy bill. If you are concerned about taking on two home improvement projects at once, you can consider our special financing option at Denali Roofing. You can use this financing to pay for your new roof and for your insulation as it is offered specially for home improvement projects. Learn more about our special financing and get the most out of your roof replacement by updating your attic’s insulation at the same time.
Choose a Radiant Barrier
A radiant barrier is a coating that goes underneath your shingles to help reflect heat away from your attic. If you are already having your roof replaced, you should definitely ask your local roofing contractor about radiant barriers. It is ideal to install one during a roof replacement and can help save you money on your energy bills all year round.
Pay Attention to the Solar Reflectance Index
Roofing materials such as shingles can all be measured on the Solar Reflectance Index. This index measures the surface’s ability to reflect solar heat. When you are having a new roof installed, you’ll want to choose shingles that can reflect the sun’s rays, so that the heat is not constantly being absorbed into your roof and attic.
Save On Energy Costs With a New Roof
A roof replacement, when done correctly, can help you save money on energy costs all year long. Choosing the proper materials plays a huge role in how energy-efficient your roof will be, as does ensuring your ventilation system is working properly. Your local roofers at Denali Roofing can help you choose the best roofing materials and install a roof that will save you money for years to come on energy costs. If you own a business or home in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, give us a call today. We’ll provide you with a free roof inspection so that you can make an educated choice about whether or not it is time to replace your roof. We specialize in roof repair, roof installation, and preventative roof maintenance. Contact us today to get started.