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What Does it Mean to Have a ‘Cool Roof’?

A cool roof is not just about style. Peak Remodeling has the information you need on making your roof more energy efficient.Many homeowners are installing and using more energy-efficient windows, doors, and even roofing in their homes. Here is how you can make your home roof cooler and more energy-efficient in Maryland’s seasons.

What is a cool roof?

A cool roof is designed to absorb less heat by reflecting more sunlight than standard roofs (like wearing white on a sunny day). Reflective paint, additional coatings, or specially made roofing material can all do this job.

How does energy efficient roofing benefit Maryland homes?

A hot, sunny day can cause standard roofs to get as hot as 150°F. With a “cool roof,” that temperature can be lowered by more than 50°F. This means that the home needs less air conditioning on hot days, which then reduces utility bills. This is good for the community as well as the individual homeowner, because this can reduce peak energy demand, and reduce the risk of power outages.

If a home doesn’t have air conditioning, a cooler roof makes it more comfortable in summer. This also applies to places where existing air conditioning doesn’t reach, such as attics or covered patios. A cooler roof also may last longer, reducing the risk of blistering materials and curling shingles.

How to make a standard roof “cool”

As a homeowner, you can lower your roof’s temperature and raise energy efficiency in several ways. One way is to choose more efficient roofing materials, such as:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Shake shingles
  • Metal
  • Slate
  • Tile

Your choice of roofing material depends on the roof style, home’s style, and budget. Look specifically for Energy Star-certified materials.

You can also insulate beneath your roof, since homes with no roofing insulation, or inadequate insulation, have heavier greater heating and cooling needs. Be sure to choose insulation that will help reduce your home’s energy bills and emissions. The specific type of insulation will depend on your home and climate. Whatever you choose, be sure that there is still an air space between the insulation and roofing material.

Want a cooler roof?

For more information about replacing your roof to make it more energy-efficient, contact Peak Custom Remodeling today.

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