A metal roof can bring you savings in many forms. It can reduce the amount of energy used to cool your house, thus lowering both your environmental impact and the impact on your wallet. It can also save you money on repair bills and roof replacements, since a metal roof is so much more durable and long-lasting and so much less susceptible to damage than the roofs that you're used to. Here are three ways you can take the money savings that your metal roof grants you to make your home's roof even more eco-friendly.
1. Increase attic ventilation.
Attic insulation and ventilation are very important for any effort at increasing roof eco-friendliness. The ventilation is important because without it, hot air builds up in the attic even if you do have a relatively cool roof. The insulation is important because if you're pulling the hot air out of your attic you have to be careful not to also pull air-conditioned air ceiling from the living space beneath. Plus, the more insulation you have, the less heat transfer will occur between a warm attic and a cooler home interior.
2. Shade the roof.
Even though your new roof is made out of metal and as such is incredibly durable and resistant to most types of damage, it's still exposed to the sun every day. Reducing sun exposure can help almost any outdoor surface last longer. So, you may wish to try some of that extra money that your roof has saved you and putting it towards some kind of system to get the roof out of the shade at least for part of the day. You can do this by, for example, planting trees at a strategic location that's far enough from the roof so they won't drop leaves on it but close enough and in the right direction so that they will shaded during the hottest part of the afternoon. Shade is of course the most important during times of the year when the sun's angle makes the sunlight the most intense, such as during the late spring and early summer.
3. Investing in a cool roof coating.
Your metal roof is naturally reflective, but it can be made even more eco-friendly by the use of a cool roof coating. These specially formulated coatings can help the roof to reflect not only the sun's light but also its thermal rays. This improvement in reflectivity will mean that your roof is even more efficient and wastes even less energy.
As you can see, a metal roof allows you to not only live a greener lifestyle automatically, but also save money that you can then invest in your roof to make it even more eco-friendly that it already was. For more information, contact a company like Christianson Roofing INC.
Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!