We are always looking for new and improved ways to conserve energy. You might want to cut costs on spending money on energy. You might want to try to use your swamp cooler or refrigerated air less. Or you just might want to be energy efficient. Whatever your intention might be, here are 5 ways to help keep your roof cool in New Mexico’s very hot summers.
Change your roof color
Darker colors will absorb the sun’s rays and make your attic space hotter. This heat will transfer into your home and will make your home warmer. You can get shingle colors that are lighter or choose a lighter flat roof (white or tan TPO / cap sheet) to help with this issue.
Change your shingle type
Owens Corning offers a premium cool series shingle (which costs more than their duration series). These shingles are energy star rated and have granules that reflect the sun, which can help keep the attic cooler. More information:
If you plant trees around your home, they can potentially shade your roof. Be careful not to plant them too close to the home!
Improving roof ventilation
Most homes do not have enough ventilation in the roof. Being a dry climate, that typically isn’t an issue. You can add ventilation to your roof to expel hot air from the attic.
Insulation can be blown in during the reroof process to increase the R-value. Adding insulation will likely have the most noticeable difference in reducing energy costs.