Did you know that nearly half of the money you spend on utility bills goes toward heating and cooling your home? According to the folks at the Federal Trade Commission, it does.

What you need to know about your roof and energy efficiency

Your roof is your first defense against the summer heat and the winter chill.

Homes with energy efficient systems incorporated into their roofs have less heat escaping during the winter months. And in the summer months, the heat rays from the sun have a harder time penetrating into the home and battling your AC.

So literally, heating and cooling costs are going through your roof.

What can be done to a roof to save on energy costs and keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer?

Adding insulation
Adding insulation can increase your roof’s energy efficiency. R-value measures the ability of insulation to resist the transfer of heat. Code requires at least an r-value of r-50 in the attic and r-24 in the walls for new homes in Nova Scotia. We recommended going above code requirements and work with our customers to achieve the highest r values they can achieve.

A better insulated home decreases monthly expenditures on heating costs. Investing in insulation is an investment that pays for itself and beyond – it saves energy consumption.

Choosing the right shingles
If you are building a new home or it is time to replace your current roof, selecting an energy efficient roofing system is a smart option.
Energy-efficient roofs have high emittance, which means they’re efficient at releasing any solar heat they absorbed and less heat gets transferred into your home.

Spending more on an energy efficient product now will save you money in the long run on heating and cooling cost. And because energy efficient products are developed to reflect the UV rays of the sun, they last longer too.

Proper ventilation in roof
Proper ventilation is required to lengthen the life of your framing. Not having adequate ventilation can cause moisture build up and mold.