The Most Energy-Efficient Roofing Options For Homeowners

Curious About The Most Energy Efficient Roofing Options For Your Home? This Article Covers All Of Your Best Options.


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Better Roof, More Energy Savings

Today, there are several ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency than there ever were at any other point in time. Not only will using the right energy-efficient roofing help to reduce your carbon footprint but consequently, save money because you pay less for electricity. For instance, even when the summer sun is beating down on your home, you can remain cool if you’re using the right roofing materials that reflect heat from the sun.

In this article, we’ll go over some of the most energy-efficient roofing options available today. We will also explain why these roofs are energy efficient.

Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Sure, these are the most popular roofing materials around, especially in the US. However, not all asphalt shingles are considered energy-efficient roofing material.

If you want to buy energy-efficient shingles, you will want to start by making note of their ENERGY STAR® rating because it certifies a couple of materials as energy efficient. Usually, energy-efficient materials will reflect the sun’s rays and thus keeping the upper floors of the home cooler than they would otherwise be.

Residential Metal Roofing Provides Energy Efficiency

Metal roofs are highly energy-efficient roofs, and despite their slightly higher upward cost to build, they deliver excellent thermal efficiency in the home. In addition to being durable and energy efficient, the latest crop of metal roofing is also aesthetically appealing.

When correctly installed by professionals, metal roofs can easily last for fifty years and more. They are now relatively lightweight, reducing stress on older structures, and are available in many different colors.

Cedar Roofing is A Surprisingly Energy Efficient Roof

Cedar has been popular in North America for a while now, and it is the material of choice for many homeowners. Its exceptional beauty is one reason why it attracts so many people. However, what many people don’t realize is that cedar is one of the most energy-efficient roof types. In fact, it should be the reason why homeowners choose this type of roofing, in our opinion.

A well-built cedar roof can last a decade with minimal maintenance, which makes it more durable than asphalt shingles. In addition, the material is weather-resistant. The insulation is much better than what is provided by asphalt shingles. Hence you’ll save money in the long term with a cedar roof.

Synthetic Slate Roofing

Sometimes homeowners may overlook the use of synthetic slate as a viable roofing material. However, in our experience, it is an option that’s worth considering. For starters, synthetic slate is energy efficient, and can last a very long time, often spanning several generations.

The other advantage of synthetic slate is that waste from it is recyclable, which reduces your carbon footprint. Also, because the material is lightweight, it is perfect for older homes or ones where the structure may not be as strong as it should be.

Copper Roofing

Copper roofing is part of the metal roofing family. However, despite its lacking beauty, it lasts a very long time. Copper roofing can last for over a century with minimal maintenance. It is also a highly energy-efficient material and highly sustainable.

Copper roofing is also sometimes referred to as “cool” roofing because of its ability to reflect solar energy and radiation. That said, copper is expensive, and thus a copper roof will cost you a lot of money, but at the same time save you and future generations money too. Plus, the emphasis on energy-efficient roof materials will only become stronger in the coming years, so you’re futureproofing the home in a way.


It is a popular type of roofing in North America. Not only is it used by homeowners, but most business owners swear by it too. The roofing is available in both black and white color. It can also be installed on an existing roof if needed.

Depending on where you live, white may be a better choice than black if you want to cut energy bills. If you live in a warmer part of the US, then white is the best and most energy efficient since it will reflect all the solar rays, keeping your home cool. If you’re living in a colder part of the US, then black is a better option since it absorbs the sun’s heat, keeping the home warm during the winter.

Natural Slate

Not only is natural slate aesthetically pleasing, but it also lasts a long time. Similar to copper roofing, it can last several generations. However, it also reduces the amount of energy your home will use since it is an excellent insulator.

Plus, natural slate is easy to recycle, consequently reducing carbon emissions, and thus can be deemed green roofing.

Thermoplastic Polyolefin

Also called TPO, it is another highly popular type of flat roofing. Made of three sandwiched layers of polyester reinforced fabric, thermoplastic polyolefin compound, on the top and bottom. It is also referred to as a cool roof mainly because it is energy efficient and durable.

The difference between it and EPDM is that this one comes in white and not black, which makes it better at reflecting the sun’s heat. In fact, numerous tests have shown that roofing helps to lower the temperature in the home by up to 35% in summer.

Rubber Roofing

Made from mainly plastic polymers, it may combine up to two different polymers to provide a seal that’s impervious to water and leaking.

Rubber roofing is immensely energy efficient because it works as an excellent insulator. These roofs can also be considered eco-friendly because they are made from recycled slate dust, sawdust, and old tires.

Final Word About Energy Efficient Roofing Materials

In addition to the above, there are a few other types of roofing materials, like green roofs and clay shingles which are energy efficient. Clay shingles are perfect for homeowners who enjoy that rustic look. These are ideally suited for warmer climates since they can withstand extreme heat. Plus, they are recyclable and have a long service life.

The good thing about choosing an energy-efficient roof is that it does not have to cost you a lot of money. However, choosing the right one can help you save a lot of money in the long term.

We Service The Entire Denver Metro Area And Beyond

Maxx Roof LLC serves the Denver metro area and the surrounding areas. Some of the cities we serve are Denver, Lakewood, Castle Rock, Arvada, Aurora, Boulder, Broomfield, Littleton, Englewood, Centennial, Parker, Thornton, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Morrison, Brighton, Commerce City, Watkins, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Edgewater & beyond.

If your home or commercial property is located anywhere throughout the greater Denver metro area, give us a call for a free inspection & estimate. When you choose to work with Maxx Roof LLC, your are choosing to work with a roofing contractor you can count on, every step of the way.