With power prices on the rise, more and more homeowners are being drawn to the practical benefits of an energy-efficient, green home. First and foremost of these benefits are reduced power costs.
An energy-efficient roof is a must-have in any green home, but with the wide variety of choices on the market, how do you know which is the best one for your home? We recommend installing tile roofs.
The Advantages of Roofing Tiles
Roofing tiles are the only materials currently available on the market that possess the two qualities essential to energy-efficiency: thermal resistance and above-sheathing ventilation. Natural Thermal Resistance
The thermal resistance or the R-value of a roofing material gives you an idea on its insulation capabilities. The higher the R-value, the better an insulator the material is.
Roofing tiles have a high degree of thermal resistance, which means they’re able to block a large amount of heat from leaking out your roof. By installing roofing tiles, you can help reduce the strain on your HVAC system in the colder months. And, since roofing tiles inherently have a high R-value, you won’t have to spend as much on additional insulation layers on your roof. Above-Sheathing Ventilation
Solar heat can be easily transferred to your roof through the sheathing, on which the materials are placed. But in the case of roofing tiles, there’s an airspace between the material and the sheathing. This airspace helps prevent the transfer of heat to the sheathing, significantly reducing your cooling costs.
If you’re considering installing roofing tiles, make sure to only hire an experienced roofing contractor. Improper installation work can leave behind gaps, which out of which heat and cool air can leak.
Haven’t found a roofing contractor in your area yet?
Garlock-French Corporation, a contractor with more than eight decades’ worth of experience, offers a wide variety of roofing products, including roofing tiles and metal roofing as well as gutter cleaning services. To request a quote, call (612) 722-7129, (651) 429-2335 or (952) 473-1017. Or, fill out this form. We serve homeowners in St Paul and Minneapolis, MN.