Going green is all the rage these days and for good reason. Not only does it do the planet a favor, but it also saves you money on your energy bills! And when it comes to making your home more eco-conscious, your roofing is an excellent place to start.

According to ENERGY STAR, a division of the United States Department of Energy, “ENERGY STAR certified roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and can reduce peak cooling demand by 10-15 percent.” Given that the same page also states that Americans spend roughly $40 billion on building cooling costs annually, taking advantage of roofing's direct effect on your A/C costs as we roll into summer is beyond brilliant.

If you’re looking to save money and the planet, we at Midwest Exteriors MN are here to help. Below, you’ll discover just a few ways that renovating your roofing system can accomplish both of those goals.

Swap to GAF Shingles

We love these shingles as a roofing company for a variety of reasons—check out our blog that touches on some of them. The company as a whole is very committed to sustainability, but we adore how their products can bring those benefits to the everyday homeowner, too.

GAF shingles are long-lasting, meaning that you won’t tax the environment by investing in frequent replacements. They’re also durable, so your garden variety storm—provided the shingles are well-maintained—won’t do much to alter them. You can also purchase these shingles in a dark hue, which in turn absorbs heat and can cut down on your natural gas usage in the wintertime and further save you money.

If your roof is getting up there in years or shows serious signs of decay, as we covered in our roofing contractor blog, a phone call and a roof replacement with GAF are great ways to get your home feeling greener.

What if I Don’t Want to Replace my Roof?

Roofing is a long-term investment; if you’ve recently had your roof replaced in the past few years, you might not be sold on the idea of completely tearing it down and starting anew. That’s understandable! With the proper care and regular inspections from your roofers, you’re sure to enjoy your purchase for a long while into the future.

That being said, even if you’re fine with your current roof—thank you very much—there are still plenty of things you can do to improve its energy efficiency and thus lower your heating and cooling bills.

Make Sure Your Insulation Is Working Well

Insulation is something we cover quite a bit on our hail damage roofing contractor blog, but it’s for a good reason! This fluffy stuff keeps outdoor air and indoor air from mixing in temperature; in other words, it keeps your home comfortably heated or cooled, making sure all the energy you spend doing so is put to good use. If your insulation isn’t working as it should in your roofing, you could experience energy hikes as your HVAC struggles to compensate—not very environmentally friendly!

So how do you know if your insulation is flagging? Well, for one, if it’s damp, you’ve got problems. These problems probably stem from a roof leak or, strangely, too much insulation. If your roof is so jammed full of the stuff that your vents are blocked, condensation has nowhere to go, hence a widespread dampness issue. Wet insulation “becomes less efficient at its job,” according to Attainable Homes, leading to substantial energy spikes. It also can become corrosive to your roof, leading to environmentally costly repairs.

Do I Have Enough Insulation?

On the flip side, some roofs suffer from a lack of insulation, though this problem is comparatively rare. Frequent furnace issues and ice buildup on the roof can signify that you don’t have a sufficient amount of the stuff—but these problems can also mean that your current, adequate amount is damaged. A roofing pro will be able to tell the difference, so don’t hesitate to give one a call!

Stay Up to Date With Roofing Contractor Inspections

One of the top causes of inefficient building energy usage is storm damage. When shingles are removed in a thunderstorm, for example, your roofing’s vulnerable innards are exposed, which opens the door for roof leaks in heavy rain and more. Because you can’t climb up to look at your roof every day, it’s critical to invest in regular inspections—“health checks,” so to speak—with your roofing company. They’ll do any storm damage roof repair and advise you on the best course of action to keep your roof going strong.

Midwest Exteriors MN: Your Storm Damage and Roofing Experts

No matter the problem, our top team of roofers and condo contractors has the expertise to solve it. Give our Lake Elmo office a call today at 651-346-9477.