If you want to make your home green, improving your roofing is a great place to start. You may even already need to replace your old asphalt shingles. Now is a great time to make the improvements that your roof needs to make your home more energy efficient. This can be done with an energy efficient decking materials, composite felt paper and green asphalt shingle alternatives. Here are some of the choices you have to make your roof replacement green:
1. Using Energy Efficient Roof Decking Materials
If you want to have an energy efficient roof, you may want to consider also replacing your roof decking, especially if you have old 1-inch decking. New plywood decking can have foil backing that helps to reflect heat. This can help to keep your home cool in the summer and reduce heat loss in the winter. If you live in an area that is dry or prone to wildfires, there are also fire-resistant composite roof decking materials that can be installed on your home.
2. Asphalt Felt Paper Alternatives For Moisture Barriers
Asphalt felt paper is the conventional solution for moisture barriers on shingle roofs. Today, there are also many alternatives available to felt paper. These composite alternatives are like a fire-resistant plastic material and they add energy efficiency to your home. In addition, these materials also come in larger rolls, are less porous than felt paper and do not have bubbling or wrinkling problems. These materials also help to provide better protection from leaks on your roof because they have fewer seams and water cannot run up under the moisture barrier
3. Alternatives To Asphalt Shingles With Improved Energy Performance
Lastly, the shingles you install on your roof can be made from materials other than asphalt. These materials can be synthetic roofing materials that have better energy performance than asphalt shingles. They can also be fire-resistant shingles and light colored roofing for warm dry climates. These materials can commonly last much longer than conventional asphalt shingles. Many of these materials are also made out of recycled plastics and rubbers, which make them a green roofing material to have installed on your home.
These are some of the things that you may want to consider to make your roofing more energy efficient. You can contact a roofing contractor, like the ones at B And D Construction, and talk with them about the best roofing materials to use to make your home green and energy efficient.