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Your Scottsdale Roof Should Be White. Here’s Why:

Far too often people choose roofing materials on a whim. Some people make their selection based on the latest fashion. Others look for roofing materials with a price closest to zero. The majority, though, picks their roofing materials without looking at the broader energy efficiency consequences of their decision. And when it comes to energy efficiency, few things matter as much as the color of your roof.

Why Does the Color of Your Scottsdale Roof Matter?

Anywhere from 10-15% of your air conditioning is lost through your roof each day. Over the lifetime of your house, this amounts to tens of thousands of dollars worth of needlessly lost money. You essentially have to work more hours just to pay the difference.

According to the EPA, more than 90% percent of roofs are dark colored. Dark colors absorb light from the sun to massive affect. Low reflective, dark roofing materials can reach temperatures of between 150-190 degrees Fahrenheit, creating islands of heat around your home. In contrast, lighter colored roofs can stay more than 70 degrees cooler, especially in hot Scottsdale summers.

If you have ever walked on pavement in the Arizona summer, you felt this difference first hand. Streets can be hot enough to fry eggs on, while surrounding vegetative environments feel much more tolerable.

Dark colors are simply not a good option in Arizona homes. Since pure white roofs might look ugly on your home you don’t have to go that extreme; simply choosing lighter caramel colors is enough to give your home an energy efficiency boost.

A white-roofed WalMart in CA.

A white-roofed WalMart in CA.

Which Roofing Materials Are the Most Energy Efficient?

While paying attention to the color of your Scottsdale roof is important, thinking about which material to use can also help you save money.

All roofing materials absorb a certain level of heat. Foam, shingle, tile, and metal will all be warm to the touch on a hot summer day. The difference between materials comes as a result of their weights and densities. Roofs that are heavy will retain their heat throughout the night, causing continued and unnecessary energy consumption.

Foam and metal roofs are some of the best options in this regard. While metal might sound counterintuitive, its reflective surface pushes away the majority of the sun’s energy. On top of that, it is extremely lightweight which means that any heat it absorbs will be released extremely quickly. Foam is an effective roofing material in Arizona for similar reasons.

How Else Can You Improve Your Roof Energy Efficiency?

There are a few other steps that you can do to make sure that you are really limiting your energy bills. Air leakage causes 35% of energy loss in homes. Quite a bit of this energy is released through your roof. Consider hiring a spray foam attic insulation company like RetroFoamAZ, to prevent these problems.

Additionally, if your air conditioning unit is on your roof, make sure that your ducts are insulated. Many homes in Scottsdale have exposed air conditioning vents, which causes tremendous loss.

With millions of dark roofs collecting heat across the Phoenix metropolitan area, the whole valley experiences increased temperatures. Doing your part to be conscientious about your roof color will help lower the energy costs of homes throughout the area.

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PUTTING OFF THE ROOF INSPECTION? MIGHT WANT TO THINK TWICE

Roofing is a multipurpose component of a house, providing shelter from the outside world, thermal insulation and protection from the sun, wind, and rain – and of course, improving the look of your home. Since the roof is constantly exposed to the elements, it is prone to damage and needs regular maintenance.

How Often Should a Roof be Inspected?

Many homeowners are unsure of how often to get their roofing inspected by a professional. The general answer, according to insurance and inspection companies, is every three to five years; the exact frequency depends on several factors like the type of roofing material, the climatic conditions, and the age of the house. A roof made of asphalt composite or tiles should be inspected once every three years, while a once-in-five-years inspection is sufficient for a shake roof.

Roof Inspection Indicators to Watch Out For

Three years is a long time, and it is recommended that you keep a close eye on your roof’s performance between inspection dates. Sometimes, homeowners may need to call a roofing professional for an inspection and possible repairs even before the next visit is due. This is true in the following cases:

  • Water or insulation leak in some part of the house could indicate wear and tear to your roof.
  • Missing or loose pieces of the outer roof covering.
  • A few homes in your immediate neighborhood of about the same age as yours are having their roofs repaired, especially if due to weather damage – the weather could have affected your roof too.

What You Should Do In Between Inspections

While inspections will typically uncover problems with your roof before they cause significant damage, there are still several things you should be doing to maintain the life of your roof:

  • Clear all gutters, downspouts, and drains of debris at least once a year. Debris prevent water flow which increases the break down of your roofing material.
  • Remove branches from over your roof. Branches can break in storms and damage your roofing materials in the process.

Why an Annual Roof Inspection is Ideal

For larger homes, you can get your roofing inspected when carrying out annual maintenance for the rest of the house, even if there is no obvious problem with it yet. This is especially helpful for slate or tile roofs, which are more delicate than standard roofing materials.

Actual roofing materials are quite sturdy and durable; most roof damage occurs to the various roofing components such as flashing, valleys and gutters. Annual inspection may cost you some money, but it will be much cheaper than carrying out extensive repairs once a small leak becomes substantial and damages the interiors of your home.

Benefits of Regular Roof Inspections

With regular roof inspections, you can avoid health hazards from musty furniture and in-house mold caused by water leaks. You can also keep your utility bills under control by preventing thermal insulation leaks. Your home will look as attractive from the outside as it is from within.

Robert Anderson

phoenixroofingteam.com