Modern roofs are expensive, and it is important that you choose the type of roof best suited to your needs, gone are the days that roofing was just a covering to keep out the elements. Roofing materials have improved exponentially since the seventies; roofs today are not merely shale tiles. They are regarded as protection and an investment, and if they are not looked after properly they will be extremely expensive to maintain.
In the old days until about the nineteen seventies roofs inevitable let in cold winter drafts and warm summer air, not any more. Roofing is regarded as a key element in reducing overhead charges and maintenance costs in dwellings and also businesses. Modern alternative technologies allow most people to have a substantial decrease in energy costs if they change their roofs.
With proper maintenance a new energy efficient roof can protect your business or home for up to fifty years, in effect at least ten years longer than their predecessors and in some cases they can last forty years longer than old type roofs. Changing your existing roof can be a dual benefit it will certainly reduce your current energy bills and they will last longer.
New technological advances are new metal roofs, which use the natural flow of air to cool the house naturally. For people who live in a tropical, or sub tropical climate with long hot summers they are perfect. They draw hot air inside the dwelling at eave height and then it will rise naturally, because hot air rises rather than drops. When the hot air rises to the ridge it is expelled. This is vastly different to the old chemical or asphalt roofs; they are a complex and natural cooling devise. Asphalt attracted heat. Whilst on the other hand metal reflects it and it has been scientifically tested that in some cases they can reduce the temperature in your house by twelve degrees, and that means a substantial reduction in your air conditioning costs.
A modern roof that both repels and expels heat can save a large office block literally thousands of dollars a year in a reduction in air conditioning costs. The ambient temperature in a roof can reach between a hundred and fifty and a hundred and ninety degrees. New energy saving roofs can keep that heat from being trapped in the building, which in effect saves money. The larger the building the more money is saved, if schools replaced their roofs to new metal roofs and energy saving materials there saving would be substantial. There is a reduction in maintenance coasts because the hot air is kept away from the ridge of the roof and also a reduction in ambient cooling costs. The cost of the outlay can be recouped.
Extras Will Save More than they Cost
It is not always necessary to entirely replace a roof to make substantial energy savings. Adding skylights and vents is also effective. Tinted skylights are often used to reflect the harmful UV rays from the sun, but they do also maximize the use of natural light. Un-tinted skylights work best in areas that have cold winters because they allow the winter sun to warm the building. That means in effect that the natural light is maximized in all seasons and the winter warmth is used to heat a building naturally, it does not provide sufficient heat, but will heat a building enough to reduce heating costs.
Reducing maintenance costs for roofs is a very effective way of saving money; too many people pay no attention to their roofs until something actually goes wrong. Regular inspections can save you a fortune and they are particularly important before or after severe weather occurrences. If the roof has been weighted down with snow there may be a small amount of damage and it can be repaired quickly and easily. A few lose tiles are not expensive to replace, but if it is not carried out then the weight of the next snow when the problem escalates and the maintenance costs get a lot more expensive.