3 Tips For Choosing Roofing Materials That Are Green And Energy Efficient

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Soon, you are going to need to have the asphalt shingle roofing on your home replaced, and when you do, you may want to consider energy-efficient materials and improvements. To make your re roofing greener, underlayment and roofing materials are choices that you will want to consider. You may want to also consider improvements to attic insulation. Here are some tips to help make your roof replacement green and energy-efficient:

1. Attic Insulation and Improvements to Stop Energy Loss

One great way to improve the energy efficiency of your home when you have your roof replaced is to add insulation to the attic. You may want to consider improvements like spray foam to maximize energy efficiency and stop air leaks. In addition, you may also want to consider options like housewrap, which is good for homes with siding. Talk with the roofing contractor and an insulation service about ways to maximize energy savings by stopping air leaks.

2. Roofing Underlayments That Reduce Air Leaks and Heat Gain

There are also roofing underlayments that can be a big help to make your home energy-efficient when re-roofing. In the past, asphalt felt paper was used as a moisture barrier to protect plywood decking. Today, there are synthetic materials that can be used to protect the wood decking, as well as reflect heat and stop air leaks. Talk with your roofing contractor about using these materials to make your roof replacement more energy-efficient. Talk with your roofing contractor about the best underlayment to use for the climate where you live.

3. Best Asphalt Shingle Alternatives for Green Roof Replacements

When you are replacing an old asphalt shingle roofing, there are green alternatives. Natural materials like wood shake roofing are a great solution for materials that are completely renewable resources. In addition to wood shakes, there are also options for synthetic materials that are made from recycled rubber and plastic waste to make your roof greener. Lastly, there are lighter colored roofing materials, which are great for cool roofing with extreme summer heat and help to reflect UV radiation to keep your home cooler and reduce the energy your AC uses.

These are some tips to help make your roof replacement green and energy-efficient. If your asphalt roofing is worn and needs to be replaced, contact a roofing contractor and talk with them about some of these options to make your home more energy-efficient.

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