Happy Energy Awareness Month! To start off your celebration, home improvement expert Mark Clement suggests you focus on your roof.
"If your roof is older and inefficient, it can either absorb too much heat from the sun or 'leak out' the comfortable air in your home, which can increase your energy bills," says Mark Clement, co-host of the MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and website. "I recommend homeowners make smart, energy-efficient investments in their homes beginning with ENERGY STAR® qualified products."
Clements says it's easy for homeowners to seek out the ENERGY STAR approval when purchasing windows, doors and simulated slate and shake roofing for the home.
“A product that meets ENERGY STAR requirements for a specific geographic area is constructed to help make the home as energy efficient as possible," says Clement. "Using several ENERGY STAR qualified products together can really help ease the energy burden on the home, which can help save homeowners a great deal of money each year on energy costs.”
When it comes time to replace the roof, Clement advises looking for a “Cool Roof” that will help lower the home’s overall energy costs. A Cool Roof is measured by two properties, solar reflectance and thermal emittance. (See Save Energy with Cool Roof Colors)
EcoBlend polymer roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes have been verified by the independent Cool Roof Rating Council to meet or exceed requirements for ENERGY STAR qualified roofing products to reflect sunlight and heat away from the home, helping increase the overall energy efficiency of the structure. (See Ask Us About Our ENERGY STAR® Qualified Products!)
"Along with having a 50 year roof warranty, these durable, impact-resistant polymer roofing tiles resist hail damage and fire," says Clement. "This composite roofing is a smart investment to both save on energy and create a best-in-class designer roof for the home."