Americans spend about $40 billion annually to air condition buildings — one-sixth of all electricity generated in this country. Lower your air conditioning costs and qualify for an additional incentive when you install a reflective roof product on your home. By reflecting the sun’s heat off of the roof, the product reduces the heat coming into your home – and reduces the amount of time your air conditioner runs.
How a Reflective Roof Works
Cool roofs work to keep your home cool in two distinct ways. The first is by solar reflectance, or the coating’s ability to reflect sunlight away as soon as it hits your structure. Instead of absorbing the sunlight and heat like a traditional roof, a cool roof reflects the light and heat away from your home, keeping your home cooler in the process. The other way that cool roofing helps to keep your home cooler is through thermal emittance. These roof coatings are now made with special materials that increase your roof’s thermal emittance level, or your roof’s ability to radiate absorbed heat back into the atmosphere instead of down into your home. It’s this potent combination of high solar reflectance and thermal emittance that make these roof coatings so effective at keeping your home cool and your energy costs and usage down.
Reflective Roof Coating and Energy Savings
What kind of energy costs and usage savings are we talking about here? Significant ones. It’s important to realize that the amount of benefits you get from your reflective coating will vary depending on the shape of your home, the coating you choose, how energy efficient your home already is, your local climate, and whether you use air conditioning or not. However, if you live in a hot climate that experiences warm temperatures and sunny days for a substantial portion of the year, you can expect energy savings of up to 70%. If not, your energy savings from applying a reflective roof coating could range anywhere from 20% to 70% when itýs all said and done.
A high-performance roof can be a powerful asset in reducing energy consumption by becoming an energy efficient roof – a Cool Roof. When used with appropriate insulation on low-sloped or flat roofs, a high-emissivity Duro-Last Cool Zone reflective roofing system can:
- Reduce building energy consumption by up to 40 percent.
- Improve insulation performance to reduce winter heat loss and summer heat gain.
- Preserve the efficiency of rooftop air conditioning.
- Potentially reduce HVAC capacity requirements.
- Decrease the effects of Urban Heat Islands and related urban air pollution.
Why Do You Need Proper Ventilation?
Roofs and attic spaces have two major enemies in all homes: heat build-up and moisture accumulation. Left unchecked these forces can cause a premature deterioration of the roof structure and materials as well as damaging insulation and increasing energy cost. The only defense is proper attic ventilation.
An effective well-balanced roof ventilation system allows air to move in a pattern that results in a uniformly cool attic space prolonging roof life and increasing living comfort.
Warning about Icynene Systems
Do NOT install Icynene insulation in your attic
- Voids all roofing manufacturer’s warranties
- Voids Kelly Roofing warranty
- Not recommended by the American Plywood Association
- Currently, there are discussions of outlawing Icynene in the next revision of the Florida Building Code
- Why?There have been incidents where a small roof or plumbing leak in buildings where Icynene was applied have caused severe structural damage and roof cave-ins before the building owner ever knew there was a problem.
- How?Icynene, both open cell and closed cell, skim over during curing creating a waterproof layer and trapping water.If a leak occurred you would not know about it until it is too late.The trapped moisture rapidly rots out wood trusses and decking.In one such case the roof caved in and came through the ceiling right into the master bedroom.Luckily the owners were not home when it happened.
- We strongly discourage Icynene installations and suggest proper ventilation to provide the greatest benefit.
- Not ventilating has been shown to increase asthma and allergies.
The earth is warming, the ozone layer thinning, the population booming, the economy struggling, the reliance on foreign oil growing. Not to sound the alarm, but sustaining our enormous levels of production and consumption while still leaving the planet intact for the next generation is a legitimate concern.
Before it was en vogue to consider the size of your “carbon footprint,” Kelly Roofing has been incorporating environmentally friendly ways to harness renewable energy, i.e.; clean, self-sufficient, virtually free forms of energy. In fact, step outside. Look up. Squint. Wave to the beaming overhead sun and thank it for having the capability to supply enough energy in a single day to power the world for a year. And even though this may not be news to some, the better news is: we’ve been developing innovative ways to capture that energy and make it work for you.
Solar Energy Benefits
Delivers power at a fixed price over twenty years versus the escalating and unpredictable costs of oil, gas, and grid electricity. Lessens our collective dependence on foreign oil imports, contributing to the balance of trade, and to national energy security. Creates local jobs.
Slows the burning of fossil fuels, the largest contributor of green house gas emissions, and air pollution. Preserves natural habitats that are often damaged or destroyed by oil, gas, and coal exploitation. Saves forests that are often cut down for cooking and heating purposes.
Provides vital resources to the millions of people worldwide who lack access to reliable power or safe drinking water. Increases availability of electronic communications and can help stem mass migration to crowded urban centers.
Tax Credit Information
Tax Credit Amount: 30% of cost with no upper limit
Expires: December 31, 2016
* (Tax credits for Solar Energy Systems are available at 30% through December 31, 2019. The credit decreases to 26% for tax year 2020; drops to 22% for tax year 2021 then expires December 31, 2021)
Details: Existing homes and new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify.
Tax Credit Amount: 10% of cost
Note: There is a total credit limit of $200 for windows/doors/skylights for all years since 2005. For purposes of figuring the credit, do not include labor costs.
Must be ENERGY STAR certified.
Expires: December 31, 2016
Details: Must be an existing home & your principal residence. New construction and rentals do not apply.