Historically, nobody thinks about how an energy-efficient metal roof can save dollars. In fact, it’s traditionally the least energy-efficient part of the home exterior. However, the advent of “cool” metal products have changed the perception of homeowners toward roofs.
How exactly can an energy-efficient metal roof help lower your utility bills and improve your home’s comfort? Most metal roofers, including Classic Metal Roofs, agree it does three things it best:
Reflecting Solar Heat
A premium aluminum roof could actually deflect up to 97% of solar heat, which would otherwise turn your home into a furnace. When finished with an innovative coating called Kynar 500, aluminum’s solar reflectance soars. It bounces most of the sun’s energy back to the sky, keeping its surface temperature low. As a result, it transmits significantly less energy into your interior and helps keep outside air cool enough to mitigate the urban heat island effect.
Re-Emitting Absorbed Energy
Any experienced metal roof company know that energy-efficient roofing panels don’t retain most of the small amount of heat they absorb. Most reflective roofs likewise have high emittance, fending infrared radiation off to keep your home naturally cool. You would feel the effect more during the warmest time of the year, like this past week!
Preventing Attic Heat Buildup
Beyond the reflective and emissive material itself, an energy-efficient metal roof must also have proper attic ventilation. Regardless of the time of the year, the attic temperature must remain close to that of the outside to help regulate your indoor climate. With the right combination of intake and exhaust vents, your roof can optimize the airflow within the attic. Since a hot attic makes the living space below also hot, keeping its temperature low with fresh drafts can reduce your reliance on air conditioning.
Furthermore, reliable metal roofing companies would advise you to invest in proper insulation too. It can help minimize the transfer of desirable heat into the attic to avoid wasting energy. The interplay between your attic ventilation and insulation is critical to your roof’s health and your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.
At Classic Metal Roofs, we offer an impressive selection of energy-efficient metal roofing solutions. Call us at (866) 303-2002 to schedule your free consultation to learn about your options and get an estimate. We serve all of Ct with our office in East Berlin, CT, and the rest of Southern New England. You can see our roof installations in Middletown, Darien, Marlborough, Farmington, Granby, Suffield and just about every town in CT.