Planning Your New Roof? How To Improve Energy Efficiency

If you're designing the roof for your new home, don't forget about energy efficiency. Temperatures can get pretty hot during the summer in Australia. Without the right design, your home can lose a lot of energy through the roof. This is especially true during the summer. If you're not sure how to make your new roof more energy efficient, read the list below. You'll find four steps to help you improve the energy efficiency of your new roof. 

Insulate the Roof Lining

If you want to increase the efficiency of your new roof, start with the insulation. Adding fresh insulation to the attic helps improve energy efficiency for your roof. But, there's another step you should take. You should also add insulated roof lining. Insulating the roof lining will help prevent energy loss during the summer. That means your home will stay cooler. It also means that your roof won't sustain as much heat-related damage during the summer. 

Avoid Darker Colours

If you've decided on a darker colour for your new roof, you might want to rethink that decision. The darker colour might blend in better with the design of your home. But, it will interfere with proper energy efficiency. Dark colours absorb more heat. Unfortunately, the heat that gets absorbed goes straight through to your home. That means you'll feel the heat that's absorbed into your roof. The best way to avoid that is to choose a lighter colour roof for your home. Light colours reflect the heat. As a result, your home will stay cooler, and your roof will avoid heat damage. 

Choose a Metal Roof

If you haven't decided on a material for your new roof, now's the time to talk to your builder about metal. You might think that shingle roofs are the most energy efficient, but that's not the case. Asphalt shingles can absorb heat. Not only that, but asphalt shingles can curl and crack from exposure to the sun. That's where metal roofing comes into the picture. Metal roofing actually provides several benefits that you might not have considered. In addition to being energy efficient, metal roofing is also lightweight and durable. 

Add Roof Coating

If you want to ensure the best energy efficiency for your new roof, don't forget the top coat. You might not know this, but roof coating can improve energy efficiency. Apply the coating as soon as your new roof gets installed. Then, apply a fresh coat every couple of years to maintain the protection.

Contact a roofing professional for more information.