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Syracuse Roofing: Article About Energy Star Roofing Products

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Many homeowners are aware that using ENERGY STAR appliances can lower their energy consumption and lower their utility bills. However, those same energy conscious homeowners may be unaware that roofing products can also be ENERGY STAR rated. By using these energy efficient products, homeowners can create a home that uses a little energy as possible while at the same time providing a comfortable and enjoyable living space. A trusted Syracuse roofing professional can help homeowners choose roofing materials that help reduce the home's carbon footprint without sacrificing their comfort.

The ENERGY STAR program was created by the EPA to help consumers choose energy efficient products that perform well and do not sacrifice comfort or convenience. Manufacturers voluntarily submit their products for testing by independent labs for conformity to EPA guidelines. To be ENERGY STAR rated, roofing products must meet standards for reflectivity. As of yet, there are no established guidelines for emissivity; however, the EPA has begun posting that data to its ENERGY STAR website to help consumers make the most energy efficient choices possible.

Metal is a naturally reflective material. However, certain metals are better at reflecting heat than others. Metal roofing is made of metal alloys coated with products that help them retain their color and resist corrosion.

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Homeowners can ask their roofer if a particular brand of metal roofing is ENERGY STAR rated.

Homeowners who prefer the look of asphalt shingles do not have to miss out on energy savings. In response to consumer demands for energy efficient roofing products, many asphalt shingle manufacturers have created product lines that meet the EPA guidelines for reflectivity. These reflective asphalt shingles are made in the traditional way but coated with granules made from proprietary blends of minerals and reflective substances. They are covered with reflective coatings that help them reflect the sun's energy. They also come in a wide variety of colors, enabling homeowners to create an environmentally conscious home that is also a showpiece.

Attic insulation is important in creating an energy efficient roofing system. There are several types of insulation available. Homeowners can choose from expanding foam, blown in fiber or rolled batting. Although the EPA does not rate specific brands for the ENERGY STAR program, they do recommend specific levels of insulation based on the home's climate.

Proper attic ventilation is crucial to creating an energy efficient roofing system. Passive ventilation is best for moist climates because motorized fans could draw moisture into the attic, creating the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. There are no ENERGY STAR rated vent fans because the most energy efficient attic ventilation uses the natural process of heat conduction and no energy at all.

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