Home Roofing – Reflections on Going Green
Going Green with White Reflective Home Roofing
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Going green may be as easy as a coat of paint. Energy efficiency is hiding around every corner of your house, and that includes home roofing. Many people might assume that energy efficiency relies on investment in certain appliances, but the true reach of efficiency can go so much further than an expensive air conditioner and secure insulation.
Reflecting on Going Green the White Way
If you stop to think about it, you’ll realize that your roof is the largest part of your house. It’s the first defense against the blaring rays of the summer sun and the whipping winds of winter. How well your roof is equipped to face your local weather will directly affect your home heating and cooling needs. When it’s time for you to replace your roof, you should consider upgrading for energy efficiency.
In 2010, the U.S. Energy Secretary avidly promoted the idea that painting America’s roofs white would reduce both carbon emissions and costs. Paint your roof white to reflect the heat of the sun, thus reducing your need to use your cooling system, lowering your month-to-month cooling costs. This simple concept is an exaggerated idea of the practice of reflective home roofing.
Reflective home roofing standards are established by the Environmental Protection Agency and are rated by reflectance levels. The EPA’s Energy Star Roof Products Program notes that a roof must have a reflectance level of sixty-five percent when installed, maintaining at least fifty percent after three years. Your home roofing contractor will be able to answer any questions you have regarding materials and Energy Star certification.
The Cool Roof Rating Council is another association that rates home roofing reflectance levels. If you want to know whether you have already have an efficient roof or if you need to make some changes to cool it down a notch, check out the CRRC’s accredited and laboratory-tested standards for green roofing.