Cooler in Summer
One of the biggest detriments of conventional roofing materials like asphalt shingles or shake is that they tend to retain a large amount of heat, making the house much warmer than it would be otherwise. This can be a real drain, especially in the summer or if you need to do any work in the attic. Metal roofing materials can lower the amount of heat that makes it into your house through a couple of different methods. Of this category of materials, none does the job better than aluminum roofing. Aluminum is a natural heat reflector, making it far more efficient at keeping your home nice and cool. This has many benefits, not the least of which is lowering your energy costs. An aluminum roof stops the entry of heat by reflecting most of it back into the environment. Aluminum roofs reflect as much as 95% of all radiant heat, meaning that very little of it will make it inside. With less heat in the home, there’s less work for your air conditioner or fans to do, making your monthly energy bills far lower than they would be otherwise.
Warmer In Winter
You may be wondering what this means for colder winter months. If the aluminum roof material keeps the house cooler, does that mean that it will increase energy costs during colder times? The answer is actually no. Aluminum roofing will not only keep your house cooler in summer, it will even keep your home warmer in winter. How? The answer lies in the principle of reflection. Aluminum roofing is ultimately a reflector of heat energy. In the summer, the energy is trying to come in from outside and the aluminum reflects it away. In the winter, the energy is coming from within the home. This means that the aluminum roofing material reflects the heat back into the house, keeping the home warmer than it would be otherwise. By cutting down on wasted heat energy, your energy costs will be reduced as well.
It’s important that the rest of your house be properly insulated as well in order to get the most out of your aluminum roof. Make sure to install proper weather stripping in all doors. One way that energy tends to leak out of a home is through the windows. To truly cut down on this, look into installing uPVC windows. These beauties provide excellent insulation and require little maintenance, much like aluminum roofs. For true reductions in energy costs, every aspects of the home must be up to par, from windows to doors to the roof itself. No matter what season in may happen to be, aluminum roofing will significantly reduce the energy costs associated with keeping your home at whatever temperature makes you most comfortable.