How a New Roof Saves Money on Energy Costs
June 2022 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows
People spend a lot of time indoors, especially during the cold season. You will probably notice that your utility bills tend to increase during winter. While this is due to the amount of energy your home uses, you can save on the costs by installing quality roofing. A new roof will help in reducing air infiltration and keeping out the moisture that causes mildew and mold growth on surfaces like drywall or wood beams inside the house.
Saving Energy Costs with New Roofs
With energy costs expected to continue rising, installing a new roof can be a great way to reduce your electricity and gas usage. New roofs are more efficient than older ones, which are already outdated. Asphalt shingle roofs have a lifetime of 20 years in Minnesota. As they get older, the roofs lose their ability to keep out the heat in warm seasons. As a result, air conditioners or furnaces are forced to work harder, leading to higher utility bills. Installing new and modernized roofs will help you resolve this problem.
Ventilation helps in regulating the airflow between the attic and roof. Since attics are largely unoccupied areas, they easily heat up during warm seasons, increasing the temperature of living spaces inside the house. If your house is poorly ventilated, it lacks enough airflow, and the heat forces its way into the attic. Installing a new roof allow more airflow, making it easier to keep the home cold during the hot summer months.
When your roofs effectively reflect solar light away, they make the house cooler and save energy. In fact, roofs with high solar reflection can cool the surface temperature by as much as 30%. If your roofs are old and cannot reflect sunlight away, the shingle will absorb the solar heat and transfer it to the living spaces below. Installing a new roof will help keep the home cool are they have a higher reflectance value compared to older models, allowing you to save more on energy costs.
Color and Modernized Shingles
The color of your roof should vary based on the local climate of where you live. While lighter roofs are ideal for homes in a hot climate to deflect sunlight, dark shingles help keep the homes warm in cold-weather areas. At the same time, using modern shingles will prevent energy loss by protecting the home from strong winds with increased mental content, offering better dimensional stability, and improving your home’s resistance against heat flow.
Hire a Professional to Install New Roofs
Installing new roofs is a worthy investment that will not only make your home look great, but also save money on energy costs. Heartland Roofing Siding and Solar offers roof inspection, replacement, and installation services in the Greater Minneapolis area. Give us a call today at 800-681-4169 for a free inspection and estimate or get useful advice from our roofing experts.