If you live in a warm, sunny area, then your AC bills are probably quite substantial in the summer. Did you know that the type of roofing you choose could have a significant impact on your AC bills? Roofing materials that absorb less heat and sunlight lead to cooler attics, and cooler attics lead to lower air conditioning bills. Here's a look at three types of roofing that help reduce your AC bills in sunny areas.
If you like the look of traditional asphalt shingles, then you may want to look into reflective shingles. They look very similar to standard shingles but with a slight metallic sheen. Metallic particles are worked into the shingle granules, and they reflect sunlight to keep the roof -- and your home -- cooler. Reflective shingles come in many colors. The light colors, like cream and tan, tend to work the best since pale colors are naturally more reflective. However, even black and gray reflective shingles will significantly reduce your AC bills compared to standard black shingles.
There are many different concrete and clay tile roofing systems on the market. Some are specifically marketed as a reflective, energy-efficient choice, but even those that are not do a decent job of reflecting sunlight and heat. Tile roofing tends to be pale in color, so this is one reason it's so reflective. Plus, since it is so thick, heat does not pass through it as well as it does through standard shingles or wooden roofing materials.
Metal roofs of all types are quite reflective and great for lowering AC bills. However, if you live anywhere near the coast, you'll want to choose steel rather than aluminum. Even though aluminum does not rust, it can corrode when exposed to salty air. Steel does not have this issue. Metal roofs come in an array of colors, and you can even have them engineered to look like a shingle or wooden roof if you prefer. They're as good a choice in a temperate climate as they are in a perpetually warm area -- snow slides right off them in the winter.
To learn more about these and other reflective, energy-efficient roofing choices that will reduce your AC bills, speak to a roofing company in your area. And remember -- in order to keep energy bills in check, a roof needs to be installed properly by someone who really knows what they're doing. Contact a company like BCI Metal Roofing for more information.