Beat the heat with a new roof

Beat the heat with a new roof

It gets pretty hot in Texas.  Austin gets around 300 days of sunshine each year, with temperatures hovering in the 90s much of the summer. What you may not have considered is how your roof is handling that heat, and what you can do to combat all that sunshine and see the results reflected in your energy bills and your bank account.

If it’s time for you to consider a new roof, you may want to think about going green up there.    Having a green roof doesn't necessarily mean covering it with turf (though some people do).  And it doesn't even necessarily mean solar power (though that's a great option in sunny Austin).  You can also have a "green" roof by installing a grey or white shingled roof rather than the standard black.

 Grey and white shingles will reflect more of that sunshine and keep your roof cooler, and thus your home cooler in the summer. Keeping that heat out of your home at the point of attack means that your air conditioner has to do less work.  Depending on the type of roof you have, it may even be an option to paint a black roof light gray to achieve some savings.

Whatever kind you have, if you take good care of your roof it will last longer, saving you money and reducing the envirnomental impact of roofing waste when the time for a new roof comes. If that time is now, let Angie’s List help you find the most highly-recommended roofing contractors in Austin to help you get on your way to your new and cooler roof.

For additional information on more earth-friendly roofing options check out Angie's List's Go Green Roofing Options infographic.


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