Roofs: They're Definitely at the Top!
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Roofs: They're Definitely at the Top!

You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.

Roofs: They're Definitely at the Top!

Energy-Efficient Roofing Options

Brian Riley

The roof is one of the most critical parts of your house. When considering what kind of roof to get to replace your old roof, energy-efficient options can save you money on electricity and climate control and deserve a close look. Here are some energy-efficient residential roofing options.

Solar Roofing

Solar roofing is one of the new unique eco-friendly roofing options. You can choose to have solar panels installed onto your already existing roof as a roofing repair method. Alternatively, you can use the solar roof tiles to make up the entire roof.

Solar roofing is environmentally friendly because it saves on electricity. The solar panels absorb the sun's rays and convert them into energy used as electricity. So, where you need electricity to heat water or light the house, solar energy is used. This can save you money over time. Solar roofing also has low maintenance and can last for decades.

Living Roofs

Another roof installation option to consider during roofing repairs is living roofs. Living roofs are all the rage in the construction scene because of their eco-friendly nature. A living roof is a roof that does not have tiles or shingles but features actual gardens on the tops of homes. They offer a long-lasting roofing option that gives back by clearing the air, offering a beautiful aesthetic effect, and boosting your home's thermal performance.

The main con to living roofs is that they cost a lot more to set up because the top of the house needs to be prepared to hold the weight of the dirt and the plants. The home also needs to be able to handle this weight, so even the home's foundation needs to be taken into account. They also require a lot of maintenance because the plants can die if you don't tend to them properly.

Cool Roofs

A cool roof is a roofing option that combines white glue with gravel to help reflect the sun's rays. This, in turn, ensures there is less heat getting into the house, saving on energy used to cool the house down. Because of the material used to make these roofs, they have a longer lifespan than many other roofing options.

Cool roofs are most practical in hot regions where your roof is exposed to a lot of heat. They don't help keep heat in during the winter, so they are most appropriate for climates where the summers are hot and the winters are mild. Hot moist conditions can make this kind of roof more susceptible to algae and mold, but special roof coatings are available that can help you prevent algae and mold growth. While cool roofs can be expensive to install and do require maintenance, if you live in a hot climate a cool roof can end up saving you money just by reducing the energy you spend on cooling.