Technology has changed our life a lot thanks to new research and inventions. It has a great impact on the construction industry as well. Innovation in modern construction focuses on sustainable and energy-efficient construction techniques to preserve nature and improve living standards. Energy efficient roofing is one of the newest techniques to make your residential and commercial buildings more sustainable.
If you are constructing a new house for your family or a new commercial building for business purposes, follow our guide to consider the variety of options for energy-efficient roofing to reduce energy consumption in your property.
Energy Efficient Roofing Options
By choosing from the following options you can incorporate energy efficient roofing technology into your premises.
- Tile Roofing
- Metal Roofing
- Asphalt shingle Roofing
- Slate Roofing
- Roof Skylights
- Synthetic Materials
- Efficient building ventilation
Tile Roofing is a perfect choice to save building energy consumption. As an energy efficient roofing system, it has some unique advantages. Tile roofing provides air circulation and insulation from heat and cold. Roofing tiles are made of clay and highly fire-resistant and able to sustain weather effects and damages.
The tile roofing system has a long lifespan and is available in different styles and colors. Tile can be installed on any structure but the most common type is a truss roof. If the roof has a steep slope, the tiles shall be installed on wood to keep tiles in place, once the installation is completed, all the corners must be sealed with sealants.
Metal roofing is another energy efficient roofing system that has reflective properties and provides durability as well. If properly installed, the metal roof can last more than 50 years. Metal roofing consists of lightweight interlocking panels, which reduce the load on the structure and provide effective resistance against weather storms and rain.
Metal Roofing is available in a variety of colors and shapes, the sheet panels are also insulated and reduce the energy consumption in the building. For example, if there is no insulation, the heat will transfer directly to the building resulting in high demand for air-conditioning, this makes the building less energy efficient, and more electricity is consumed.
3.Asphalt Shingle Roofing
Asphalt shingle roofing is the most popular and energy efficient roofing system in North America. It is an inexpensive product and has a long life span. Asphalt shingle roofing contains three layers;
Matting is the base material for asphalt shingles.
Asphalt Sealant is the adhesive sealant used to seal the shingles and coat the matt.
Ceramic Graunls stick to the asphalt and creates a unique texture and color and providing insulation.
Asphalt shingle is the cheapest energy efficient roofing solution. On average, it will cost around 3.5$-6.5$ per Square foot depending on the various factors. there are three types of asphalt shingles known as;
Fiber Glass shingles
Slate roofs are made of 100% natural stone, it creates a beautiful texture and color range. Slate roofing is so durable that if installed properly and maintained, it will last more than a century. This type of roofing is also fire-resistant and environmentally friendly. Slate roofing system provides good insulation to the roof and reduces energy costs. Slate roofing provides beautiful curb appeal and evaluates the property higher.
5.Roof SkyLights / Sunlight Blocks
Roof skylights provide natural sunlight to the building and reduce artificial energy consumption and reduce your bills. By using roof skylights, the energy consumption might reduce up to 35%. Modern houses and buildings are required to provide adequate natural lighting by maximizing the sizes of windows, providing sunblocks and roof skylights. Roof skylights and sunlight blocks can only be installed in some proportion to the roof and masonry wall.
Synthetic materials are another energy efficient roofing option. If you have a flat roof, you can use a variety of energy efficient options. One of the types is bitumen roofing sheets, BRS system consists of a plastic-like membrane, and stick to the roof, bitumen has insulation properties and resists cold and hot weather, and brings a comfortable environment to the residents.
We can also use a thermoplastic polyfill system also known as TPO. it is a single-ply membrane that reflects heat and light. It is available in light colors and provides quick and reliable options to energy efficient rooftops.
Combo system waterproofing adds new value to energy efficient roofs. It is a combination of polystyrene foam, lightweight concrete, and synthetic enamel paint. It provides damp proofing to the roof, insulation, and the paint reflects the heat and light, it is suitable to use in those places, where the temperature exceeds 35 degrees.
7.Efficient Building Ventilation
Building ventilation is the last and major point to increase building energy efficiency. You can achieve it by installing an HVAC system. If your HVAC system not working properly, some of the air may be trapped in the building attic, and raise the temperature, you can eliminate this by having an effective HVAC system.
It is consists of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, and connected through aluminum ducts, the air regularly circulates and purifies. This system requires regular maintenance and cleaning.