How Does Your Roof Affect Your Energy Bill?

Growing up, you were probably told by your parents how important it was to wear a hat during  winter. You may of heard some stat like, “75% of your heat escapes your body from your head!”. It makes sense, heat rises right? We cant confirm or deny these old wives tales, but when it comes to your roof (the head of your house) it is true that heat will escape it. That’s right, your roof does play a role in the cost of your utility bill.

With that being said, lets take a look at how different types of roof affect your energy bill.

Tiled Roofing

Tiled roofing is more effective at reducing energy costs than more traditional methods like shingle roofs. These materials are usually made to be resistant to thermal heat, making them great for  homes that are in direct sunlight for most of the year.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs can be expensive, but they are extremely durable and have low maintenance costs associated with them.  Because metal has a reflective nature, the sun’s heat naturally bounces off the metal rather than be absorbed into your home.

Slate Roofing

Slate roofing is considered a green roofing product. Slate roofing will reduce your energy use and your utility bill. Slate roofing has a natural insulating quality to it. Studies show that slate roofing can provide 10% on energy savings.

One of the biggest factors for energy use for your roof is how well it is insulated. When we speak about insulation, your attic also comes into play. Remember,  the old wive’s tale about heat escaping from your head? Keep that in mind when picking out a new roof, or looking at new homes.

For more information on Slate Roofing and its benefits, contact Rhode Island Slate Roofing.

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