Attic space is a haven for hot, stagnant air. And without proper ventilation, this hot air will continue to build up—causing your air conditioner to work overtime in an attempt to cool it. Installing ridge ventilation is a more efficient way to battle the heat, and Select Roofing offers several options that provide outstanding performance when used in conjunction with sufficient soffit ventilation. Each can be installed quickly at a very reasonable cost.
Ventilation products are designed to be installed along the ridge of your roof, allowing heat and warm, moist air to escape from your attic. Reducing moisture will also help assure the integrity of your insulation’s R-value (which is the measurement of a material’s resistance to heat flow).
“Cool” Metal Roofs
While allowing hot air to escape from your attic is a good thing, preventing it from entering your home in the first place is even better. One way to do this is through a “Cool Roof” solution.
So what exactly is a “Cool Roof?” (“Cool Roof”?) It refers to the ability of a roof to accomplish two things:
- reflect the sun’s energy (solar reflectance) and
- quickly give off any heat that it does absorb (thermal emittance).
The Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) oversees an independent rating process that provides a means for direct comparison of roofing products. The higher the CRRC reflectance and emittance ratings, the more “cool” a product is considered to be.
Steel Shingles are available in several options that do meet Cool Roof standards. These premium shingles also offer the classic beauty of slate, wood or tile, creating a roof that is as attractive as it is efficient. Ask your Select Roofing Consultant to walk you through the options.
Prevent Drafts To Control Heating Costs
Summer is not the only season to focus on energy savings. In the wintertime, cold air drafts become the primary concern with regard to utility bills. Applying an air barrier membrane can help seal gaps and block cold air—saving your furnace from having to heat this unwelcome guest.
Select Roofing offers several products designed to form a tight seal around windows and doors, wall-to-wall tie-ins and other areas susceptible to air infiltration.
Naturally, the ideal time to apply these products is during new construction to provide a “whole house” solution. But you should also keep them in mind when building a new addition to your existing home.
Add A Few Ounces Of Prevention
When it comes to enhancing your home’s energy efficiency, every little effort helps. Adding ridge ventilation or applying an air barrier around windows and doors might not seem to make much of an impact today, but the efficiencies they provide can really add up over time. So can the savings you’ll realize thanks to lower utility bills.
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