The Effects of Roofing Materials and Features on Energy Efficiency

Choice of Roofing Material is a Key Factor in Energy Efficiency

In today’s economy, homeowners are constantly looking for various alternatives to save money with respect to their home and property maintenance costs.  Whenever possible, the option of do-it-yourself projects is being considered and/or pursued more frequently, even for larger-scale jobs that may once have been outsourced to contractor without any second thought – Window Caulking, Eavestrough Systems Repairs, or Skylights installations.

Another money saving stream that is receiving considerable attention pertains to energy conservation, evident in the emphasis on/move toward high-efficiency solar shingles, and green roofing.  Homeowners are willing to perhaps invest a little more in up-front costs for such roofs as a means of reducing their heating and cooling bills over the long term.

On this subject of energy efficiency, the roof is one key aspect of a residential or commercial property that may not be given the level of attention that it deserves.  A roof can be an integral contributor to energy conservation or energy loss based on a number of factors, including

  • The slope or pitch of the roof
  • The choice of roofing material
  • The colour of the roofing material
  • Special features, such as skylights
  • Commitment to regular maintenance
  • Quality of the original roof installation

As with their appliances or equipment, if residential and commercial property owners are willing to invest extra funds initially, there are several options that they can pursue in an effort to lowering their energy usage/costs over time.  Such considerations may include:

  • Choosing materials that absorb less heat than standard roofing
  • Installing highly-reflective shingles/tiles to deflect sunlight/heat
  • Changing to concrete tiles, glazed with either enamel or plastic
  • Application of a cool coating (paint) or a single-ply membrane
  • Converting an existing flat roof to green roofing/mini eco-system
  • Increasing the R-value of all insulation under the roof/in the attic
  • Exchanging darker-coloured materials for lighter/neutral shades
  • Adding skylights with energy efficient glazing (more natural light)

In addition to reducing energy consumption, implementing any of the above actions also offers the following benefits to property owners:

  • Increased comfort in their home or work environment
  • Extending the life of the roof before it needs replacement
  • The potential to capitalize on government rebates/incentives

Unlike many of the potential do-it-yourself projects mentioned previously, the intricacies and complexities of a new roof installation or upgrading roofing materials to improve or increase energy efficiency should be left in the hands of experienced contractors, such as the staff from Avenue Road Roofing.

Skill and Expertise with All Types of Roofing Materials and Roof Installations

Avenue Road Roofing possesses the knowledge and expertise necessary to effectively implement energy-saving measures/upgrades for all types of roofing and roof structures.  These include:

  • All roofing materials
    • Asphalt shingles
    • Sheet metal roofing
    • Cedar or wood shakes
    • Tile, slate, or concrete
  • Flat roof installation
  • Green roof installation
  • Skylights and other features
  • and much more

For more than 40 years, Avenue Road Roofing has been supporting their residential and commercial customers with all their roof installation and repair needs.

If you are interested in improving the energy efficiency of your residential or commercial roof, call the specialists at Avenue Road Roofing today at 416-785-5129 to book a complimentary consultation.  Our experts will be happy to address your questions and provide the information you need to make the best decision for your home or place of business.