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Because a roofing system involves a significant surface area that is exposed to sunlight and other elements, it affects issues such as heat gain and indoor comfort levels. The coating and color of a roof can have a significant impact. In fact, the United States Department of Energy indicates that a cool roof can be up to 50 degrees cooler than a roofing system that has dark or standard colors. Thornton roofing contractors can assist a homeowner in identifying strategies for updating a roof to achieve better efficiency levels.

A color change may sound simple, but it is important to realize that painting could have a negative impact on some roofing materials. Because white or light coatings may reflect sunlight more effectively than standard materials, painting may seem like a simple solution to improving energy efficiency levels. However, it is important to use a material that has been formulated for use on a roofing system rather than a standard paint product. It may be helpful to discuss one's interest with a roofing professional to ensure that there is a good match between the coating and the shingles or other exterior materials.

Radiant barrier is another excellent product consideration for those who may be prevented from using a reflective coating on a roofing system. Homeowner's associations, for example, may limit one's ability to change roof colors.

The expert roofers at Roof Worx of Thornton can assist you with any questions regarding windows or flat roofing.

However, the installation of a radiant barrier in the attic may improve roofing efficiency without any visual effects on the exterior of the home. Some barriers require breathing space and should not be installed too close to the underside of the roof or to the attic insulation. Professional assistance may be necessary to ensure that material is not wasted and that spacing is appropriate.

Attic management is another key factor in maintaining excellent roofing efficiency. An attic can overheat, resulting in heat gain in a living space that will cause home comfort equipment to operate longer than necessary. Soffit vents should be checked periodically to ensure that they are not blocked. Cleaning soffit vents allows air to continue to flow appropriately through the attic while preventing overheating. Excessive insulation can be a problem because it can restrict the space for attic ventilation. In doing one's own insulation update, it is important to be sure that an appropriate air space is maintained. If the floor joists are visible, additional insulation can be added to improve energy management in the living spaces. An individual who is unsure of the amount of insulation needed might want to discuss the concern with a roofing contractor for clarification.

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