You may not give much thought of how your roof may be causing your energy bills to skyrocket, but if you cringe when you open your bill every month, you may want to open your mind as to why it is so high.  Think about how hot it can get up in your attic and how that heat can easily creep through to the other areas of your home.  Since we know that you do not want to sit in an extremely hot house all summer long, we know that you are cranking your air conditioning to compensate for all the extra heat that is seeping inside.

If you have finally had enough, you may want to consider hiring a roofing contractor to see how you can make your roof more energy efficient.

One of the best and easiest options that you have is increasing the insulation inside your attic.  Experienced roof contractors will be able to tell you which type of insulation is best for your home, as well as how much should be in place.  While you do not want too little insulation in your attic, you don’t want to put too much up there either.  The correct amount though, will get you in the right direction for energy efficiency and lower energy bills.

Dark colored shingles will absorb the heat from the sun quite easily, which is why many roofing contractors will recommend adding a cooling coating material to your roof.  Although, the cooling coating material can also be helpful if applied over lighter colored shingles as well.  This coating will not only decrease your energy bills, it will increase the UV and waterproofing protection and extend the life of your roof.

Of course, if your roof is quite old, you may not want to pay the price for a coating cooling material to be applied.  It may be better to replace your roof first and then have the material applied, as you will save more money in the long term.  When you are replacing your roof, we recommend choosing a material that has been designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency.  We also recommend choosing a lighter color for your roof, as it will not attract and absorb all the heat and rays from the sun.  Instead, those lighter colors will reflect the sun’s rays, which will keep your home much cooler on those hot days.

An experienced roofing contractor can help you find ways to make your roof more energy efficient, which is why you should call them instead of trying to find a solution on your own.  You’ll find that you will see the difference much sooner if you accept their help, which means that you will be more comfortable in your home, while saving money, sooner than you ever thought.

Learn more about Home Pro Roofing and their vast line of custom roofing options installed by professional roofing contractors including: asphalt shingle roofing, metal roofing, roof repair, and new roof installation at www.homeproroofingmi.com.  Our roofing contractors offer services throughout Michigan including: Kalamazoo, Brighton, Lansing, and the surrounding areas.

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