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The Elements of a Sustainable Roof

Sustainable Roofing in TexasTexas is one of the hottest states in the U.S. Just last year, a record-breaking heat wave scorched the area, hitting triple digits on thermometers. In some places, temperatures went as high 110 °F, overheating cars and causing people to blast their ACs on high inside their homes.

Since the climate in Texas is so hot and dry, it is important to know how to keep your home cool. When a heat wave strikes, merely turning on your air conditioner is not enough. Remember, a good percentage of the cool air escapes through the ceiling, so having a sustainable roof is crucial to keeping your electric bills down.

The Five E’s of Sustainable Roofing

Jaco Roofing suggests using the “five E’s” of sustainable roofing to determine whether your roof is energy efficient or not. These categories help the regular homeowner to determine whether they have a good, sustainable roof or need to invest in something better.

The elements are as follows:

1. Energy – One of the primary features of a sustainable roof is that it reduces heat or cooling loss no matter what the weather. This saves on your energy bills, as you will require less power to cool off a room.

2. Environment – A sustainable roof is made of environmentally friendly materials that can be recycled or reused.

3. Endurance – Roofs have to be durable and enduring. The longer the lifespan of the roof, the less maintenance and repair is needed. This means that the roof produces less waste during its life cycle.

4. Economics – An enduring roof is also economical. Not only do you keep your energy bills down, but you also save on maintenance costs and repairs.

5. Engineering – A sustainable roof must have an effective design. This is achieved through good engineering and functional design.

Cool Roofs

Energy Saver encourages everyone to install cool roofs. It is a sustainable roofing solution that minimizes the need for excessive cooling. In fact, a cool roof can lower the temperatures inside your home by as much as 50°F.

Sustainability is just a matter of being more aware of the options available to you. Changing your roof can do a lot to lessen the need for air conditioning. In the Texas heat, this is a great way to save money, while contributing to protecting the environment as well.