Considering Energy Efficient Roofing Options? Tips For You

Posted on: 27 March 2017

If you have recently decided that you want to make some changes around your house to make it more eco-friendly and energy efficient. One of the areas of your home that you may wish to make more energy efficient is your roof. After all, your roofing system is an area of your home that is most exposed to the elements and therefore has the greatest opportunity for energy savings as well as energy losses. Before you decide what roofing system you wish to go with or begin making changes to your home, get to know a few important tips to help you along the way and to help you make the best decision possible for your home. 

Solar Roofing Systems Are Now More Affordable Than Ever

Solar roofing is still one of the most energy efficient roofing options available. However, what has changed is the price of solar roofing. Today, solar technologies and capabilities have improved and the prices have all gone down, even for traditional solar panels.

In addition to the raised solar panels that are familiar to many people, Tesla Motors has recently announced a joint venture with SolarCity to develop solar roofing tiles that look and function just like a standard roof. They are offering tiles in several different styles that each have a miniature solar energy collector in them. These glass tiles are clearly solar panels from above but from the ground look just like any other roof.

The biggest benefit of this new solar roofing development, as well as the developments soon to come because this technology has been unleashed, is that solar roofs are now essentially the same price as if not cheaper than a new shingle or tile roof. This not only makes solar roofing affordable but a bargain.

Solar Roofing Requires Your Home To Be Set Up With An Energy Storage System

If you choose to install a solar roof, either in the form of traditional solar panels or the new solar roofing tile options, you will also need to install a system to house and convert all of that energy that your solar roof collects. Residential energy storage systems allow you to keep excess energy from your solar system in what is essentially a battery for your home's power. That way, you are not losing the energy that collect and do not use throughout the day and you can use it on a day when your solar panels may not collect as much energy.

These residential energy storage systems will require space in your home and can generally be installed in an area where they will be the least obtrusive. Recent advances in technology have allowed solar energy storage system manufacturers to streamline their designs and create systems that are smaller and more efficient so that more power can be stored and utilized in smaller modules.

Solar Is Not The Only Energy Efficient Roofing System

Sometimes, solar is just not the right option for a home. Perhaps you live in an area of the country in which several days go by without a clear day. Or you may even live in areas of Alaska where you can go weeks or months without actual daylight.

Whatever the reason for it, if solar roofing is not the right choice for you, it is important to keep in mind that there are other energy efficient roofing options available to you. Recycled rubber roofing, for example, is one of the roofing materials that offers superior insulation for your home and is made entirely from recycled materials. Other options can include recycled metal roofing or even recycled asphalt shingles if you still prefer a more traditional approach to your roofing.

With these tips in mind, you can be sure that you are making the best possible decision for your home as you try to make it more energy efficient. To learn more, contact a company like iDemand Energy Storage.