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Reflective Roof Coating & insulation - By David Ness

Reflective roof coating is applied to roofs to aid in reflecting sunlight from the surface of the roof. This helps to reduce the amount of heat that is absorbed by your home. Reflective roof coating is currently available in a wide range of colors and thickness levels and can help you to considerably cut your energy costs.

Reflective roof coating works by reflecting solar rays away from your home. Instead of absorbing sunlight and heat your roof will be much cooler. It also helps to maintain thermal remittance in your home, which is the ability of your roof to radiate any absorbed heat back into the atmosphere. Reflective roof coatings help to cut energy usage by a very significant amount making your overall energy bills much lower. Of course, if you live in an area that does not have high temperatures often, then this may not be the type of roofing treatment that you need. Normally those who live in areas that experience hot climates for a substantial portion of the year benefit most from the addition of reflective roof coatings. Those who live in areas such as desert or west coast regions could see energy savings of nearly seventy percent throughout the year. If you live in an area that only experiences hot, humid weather for a small portion of the year, you can still benefit from using reflective roof coating. The energy savings however will be substantially lower and more around the twenty to fifty percent mark on average for the year.

Roofing Insulation

During the cold winter months, believe it or not, your heating system is not the only aspect in how warm your home remains. Proper roofing insulation helps to keep your heat inside your home. If you do not have proper roofing insulation the heat from your home will merely drift up and out of your home through the ceiling. Having your roof properly insulated will not only help you to maintain a warmer temperature throughout your home but it will also drastically cut down on your energy or heating bills.
You save money by adding roof insulation because your heating unit or furnace will not run as frequently. This helps to ensure that your energy bills stay reasonable. If you heat with wood heat or gas, it can help you to save on your fuel bills. If you already have attic insulation you may need simply to inspect the insulated area often. Make sure that the padding is still evenly spread out and that no excess moisture is accumulating. If you are just building your home, be sure to discuss the different roofing insulation options that are available to you with your contractor.
Ensuring that you have the proper roofing insulation will help you to considerably lower your heating bills and avoid illness during the winter months that may come from drafts or excessive cold. Taking the time to make sure that your home is properly insulated from roof to basement is vitally important to both your wallet and your health.

Roofing Insulation Options

There are three major options to your roofing insulation needs. If you want your home to retain heat in the winter and cool air in the summer then roofing insulation is a must. In order for you to lower your energy bills and maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home you must have your home insulated. From the basement to the roof, you must have insulation to ensure that your heat and air do not escape.
The materials for roofing insulation come in many forms. Choosing the best type of roofing insulation depends on your roofing system. Your contractor can tell you which type of insulation you need for your roof.
The types of roofing insulation include fiberglass batts which you may have seen in home improvement stores. These batts come in long blankets and are laid over the rafters in your home. This form of insulation is commonly used in structures that have slopes because it has the ability to fit into tight corners.
Fiberboard is also an option. Fiberboard insulation consists of rigid squares of fiberglass which is optimal for flat roofs since the boards fit easily next to each other on a more leveled surface.
Loose fill insulation is available in fiberglass or cellulose form. The smaller fragments of loose fill is easily dropped or blown into the spaces below your roof. It can be a bit more difficult to install but is a wonderful option for sloped roofs that have more difficult to reach areas. Loose fill insulation is typically installed by a professional.

 

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