If you are planning to replace your asphalt roof, it will likely be a conventional roof replacement. Composite asphalt roofing is more affordable than some of the energy efficient alternatives that are available, which is why you may choose to use asphalt shingles. There are some things that can be done to make your asphalt roofing energy efficient though. You may want to do something like add an underlayment that has better energy performance or use lighter colored shingles. Here are three things that can be done to make your conventional roofing more energy efficient:
1. Improving The Underlayment Of The Shingles
Improving the underlayment of your roof is a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your new roof. There are many different products available, which include plywood with foil backing, which can reduce heat gain and help to keep heat in your home and reflect heat from the sun. In addition, you can also choose to use a moisture barrier that is thicker and has better energy performance. These products will not only help make your roof energy efficient, but they can also help to protect your home from water leaks.
2. Adding Insulation To Your Attic And Roof
Insulation is an important part of the energy efficiency of your home. If you have an asphalt roof, you can add more insulation to the attic space of your home. Another option is to add foam insulation to the rafters of your roof. The foam insulation will help to reduce heat gain in your attic. Foam insulation is not the only option available; you can also have batten insulation installed in the rafters if you do not want to use spray foam in your home. This is something that you can do when you have your new roof installed, or you can have it done later to stay within the budget you have for your roof replacement.
3. Energy Efficient Composite Roofing Materials
Composite shingles can also be more energy efficient. They can be made out of a thicker material and have a lighter color. The thickness of the shingles will help to add insulation, as well as make your new roof more durable. With a lighter color on your roof, the shingles will reflect heat from the sun and reduce heat gain. This is an excellent option for homes in warmer climates with high temperatures during the summer months.
These are some of the things that you can do to make your conventional asphalt roof more energy efficient. If you need to have your old composite shingles replaced, contact roofing contractors and ask them about some of these solutions for the roofing on your home.