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Key Improvements You Can Make To Your Home's Exterior For Energy Efficiency And Moisture Protection

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Your home is your castle, and you want to do all you can to make and keep its interior protected from the elements and boost its energy efficiency. From moisture-intrusion problems to high energy bills to run your air conditioner, there are many ways Mother Nature can wreak havoc on your home's comfort and your budget. Here are some improvements you can have added to your home's exterior to improve its energy efficiency and to protect it from moisture.

Add a Solar Reflective Roof

Your home's roof, whether it is made of asphalt shingles or metal roofing panels, will absorb a great deal of the sun's infrared light and heat. This heat absorption can make the interior of your home warmer, especially if you have an attic space or garage that is under-insulated. The result can be warmer areas of your home's interior, which causes your air conditioner to work harder during the summer and increases power plant emissions.

Installing roofing materials with special reflective coatings can protect your home from the sun's heat and keep your home cooler in the summer. For example, there are asphalt shingles which are coated in reflective particles and treatments to reflect a majority of the sun's heat back off your roof instead of absorbing it. Because your roof does not absorb the sun's heat as much, the reflective material will also protect the roof by making it more durable. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, cool roofs that reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat can stay approximately 50 degrees F cooler than other, non-cool roofs.

You can also have a reflective metal roof installed on your home, which has similar properties to keep your roof and home interior cooler. This type of roof has metal roofing panels that are coated in a highly reflective paint or treatment to reflect solar radiation and reduce the surface temperature of your roof.

Install Gutter Screens

The gutters installed on the edges of your home's roof are there to collect and properly divert water from falling onto your landscaping and soil or saturating the soil around your home's foundation. When water is allowed to rain down onto soil, erosion can occur and cause damage to your landscaping plants and other decorative areas. Saturation of the soil below your roof line is not a good condition for your basement, as it can lead to interior moisture problems and damage, along with mold and mildew growth.

You can clean out your gutters several times each year, depending on the amount of trees around your home, or you can hire a professional roofing company to install gutter screens. Gutter screens cover and protect the gutters from debris collection, ensuring your gutters drain and eliminate the water properly from your roof. You can find gutters screens in several styles and colors to look great on and match the exterior of your home.

Enhance Your Gutter Drainage

It is also important that your gutters continue draining water properly down through the downspouts and extension to the ground below. Downspouts that drain water directly below the roof and next to your home will wash away soil and cause erosion. The moisture within the soil around your foundation can increase enough during a heavy rainstorm until it seeps into your basement.

Installing a downspout extension or diverter onto the bottom of your downspout is important so the water can be delivered to an area well away from your home. You can place the end of the diverter onto a concrete splash block, a bed of ornamental gravel, or a paved area of your yard, such as a driveway or sidewalk. It is important to check often your downspouts and extensions to make sure there are no leaks and they are delivering water properly.

Contact a company that offers roofing services to learn more.