Energy efficiency has long been a concern of homeowners and builders alike. But as energy prices rise and environmental issues intensify, more homeowners than ever are looking beyond heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems to design solutions that will help achieve both comfort and efficiency in the home.
The most essential feature of any roof is dependability, since it must keep the weather out and keep the inside of your home comfortable through every season. A good roof should also provide a barrier against fire, protect the inside of your home from excess heat and provide curb appeal.
Designing and selecting the right sustainable roof depends largely on the climate where you'll be building your new home, since not every roof will suit every climate.
When considering a new roof, the two key dimensions you should think about are the material and the color. A high performance roofing material coupled with a well insulated attic will help to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Your roofing material is the final layer of protection from the outdoor elements and from indoor heat loss.