Posted on: 2 June 2018
Your home is one of your biggest investments and you should do all you can to maintain its interior and exterior. As you make updates to your home's exterior, there are some additions you can make to decrease your home's energy consumption. Here are some tips to help you improve the exterior of your home and reduce your home energy bills.
Install Solar-Reflective Shingles
When you live in a warm climate that has a lot of sunny days, your home air conditioner's electrical bill can be quite high during the summer months. To help keep your home interior cool you can install the right type of shingles to reflect instead of absorb the sun's heat. When your home's shingles need replacement, talk to a local roofing company about an option to install light-colored shingles on your roof, which will absorb less heat as it reflects the ultraviolet rays back upward.
You can take this concept a step further and install solar reflective shingles that are made of the traditional layers of fiberglass and asphalt, but are coated in a layer of reflective granules over the surface of each shingle. Reflective solar shingles are created to prevent your home's attic and interior from absorbing the heat of the sun, reducing your air conditioner's energy consumption. Reflective solar shingles can cost a bit more than traditional asphalt shingles, but they last longer and will require replacement less often. Companies like Sanchez Roofing and Construction can offer more information.
Apply Reflective Pavement Coating
Another method to keep your home cooler during the summer is by applying a reflective solar coating onto your pavement. A solar coating can be applied by you or a concrete professional to change the appearance and color of your concrete or asphalt to reflect sunlight back off its surface instead of absorbing the heat. In addition to reducing the occurrence of a heat island effect in your neighborhood, this type of treatment gives your pavement additional traction for traffic.
On a black asphalt surface, this solar coating changes the surface color of your asphalt from black to one of a variety of colors, such as white, grey, and green, but also protects your asphalt from drying out and cracking, similar to a sealcoating protection layer.
Concrete can be treated in a similar manner with a solar paint that contains reflective particles to prevent solar heat absorption and lower the surface temperature of your concrete during the day. Besides cooling your yard, covering your concrete in a solar coating is a good way to enhance your concrete and give it a different look.Share