Energy costs have been a hot topic in Canada for decades, but never more so than over the last 5- 10 years. Ontario is particularly concerned with the high price of energy, and rightfully so, as a recent study by the Fraser Institute reported that from 2008 to 2016 residential hydro expenses in Ontario skyrocketed by 71%, compared to an average increase of 34% across the rest of Canada.
While there’s no question that home energy prices are increasing, there are also ways that Canadian homeowners can curb the budgetary pain these increases cause. One of the most exciting ways to potentially cut home heating and cooling costs is through the installation of a cool roof, also called a high albedo roof.
What is a Cool Roof?
eieihome.com wanted to learn more about the high albedo roofing trend, so we sought out the expertise of Max Guerra, General Manager of New Steel Roofers. As Canadian metal roofing experts, New Steel Roofers has firsthand knowledge of the benefits of high albedo roofing.
A cool roof (high albedo roof) reflects sunlight and has the ability to radiate absorbed solar energy. The materials that comprise a high albedo roof are chosen to reduce the unwanted heating of roof surfaces and attic /top floor spaces, which helps decrease the need to increase the air conditioning under hotter conditions.
This style of roof has been popular in warmer states in the western US, like California and Utah, for many years, however word of its benefits has spread throughout North American, and now reaching us here in Canada.
“[Interest in high albedo roofs has increased] so much that the city of Toronto is giving monetary incentives to home owners to [switch to] a high albedo roof,” Guerra reports.
What’s more, if you’re afraid that a cool roof may equal a cold house during the winter months, Guerra assures us that a high albedo roof is actually excellent for keeping the heat in as well; thereby reducing your home heating costs.
The Benefits of a Cool Roof
In addition to allowing more efficient home temperature management, a high albedo metal roof is known to be longer lasting than a traditional asphalt roof.
“Metal roofs typically go over existing roofs, which reduces waste in landfills,” Guerra explains. “It’s a lifetime solution instead of replacing [your roof] every 8 to 10 years.”
Installing a cool roof can have a significant impact on your home energy costs by helping your home maintain an even temperature regardless of what it feels like outside. Some experts even report a 7%-15% energy savings.
“With energy costs going up and the failure and poor quality of asphalt shingles, homeowners are fed up with replacing their roof every 10 years,” Guerra reports. “So, a lifetime metal roof that saves energy is a no brainer.”
To learn more about cool roofs and New Steel Roofers, see their listing on eieihome.com or visit www.newsteelroofers.com.
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