If you’re taking on a roofing project, make sure you’re aware of new regulations regarding energy efficiency. Did you know certain types of roofs can help you save money on air conditioning costs and get cash rebates from the government? Recent advancements in cool roof technology come with rebates that offset the costs of new roofing. “Cool roof programs were designed to help California homeowners cut back on their energy consumption,” explains Chad Ariza, owner of Trademark Roofing in Vacaville. “Even though the state has put more stringent requirements on roofing, it’s also offering rebates to encourage homeowners to make the jump to cool roofs.”
When these new codes were first announced, some homeowners were concerned they would be too much of a hassle, but many have discovered this isn’t the case. “Depending on your climate zone, you may have to think about the type of roof you’re planning to install, so it’s always smart to plan ahead if you can,” says Mr. Ariza. “Look at requirements, options and pricing, and be aware of building codes and manufacturer requirements. There are actually many benefits to these requirements, including a more comfortable home and cash rebates on certain products. And the rebates don’t just apply to cool roofs—blown-in attic insulation options and radiant barrier methods are also available, both of which will help you reduce your energy consumption.”
Commercial buildings aren’t exempt, either. “In the flat roof industry, TPO and PVC roofing is replacing hot tar and torch down roofs,” says Mr. Ariza. Older methods included using kettles of hot tar and propane torches to seal the roofing materials, which were potentially dangerous and unpleasant for tenants. The new installation process means safer, more efficient roofs for commercial buildings and homes with flat roofs.
Mr. Ariza adds that efficiency standards work in favor of homeowners in another unexpected way. “These standards also help bring down prices on materials and installations,” he says. “New regulations and building codes made efficient roofs more popular, which means more companies and installers are manufacturing and installing them. That lowers prices, which is always good for consumers.”
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