Today, many homes have a flat roof, and many are constructed with asphalt material that is rolled onto the roof and covered with a mineral surface. Although this material has been in existence for more than a century, it is not very energy-efficient and only lasts for about 10 years. Luckily, new innovations can improve the energy-efficiency of a flat roof home.
The best option will depend on whether the roof is on a new or old home, and it will also depend on your budget.
Green Flat Roof Material
The outer layer is made of natural substances such as vegetable waste and soil. The mixture is able to absorb a large amount of solar energy, so the home is easy to cool. The Green Housing Coalition says that green material also reduces noise pollution because the vegetation acts as thick sound-proofing, keeping exterior noise to a minimum.
These come in light colors to reflect heat off a flat roof. According to Home Energy Magazine, scientists have found that heat reduction can be as much as 60 percent for homes with a flat roof. Reflective coatings are energy-efficient in all climates, even if the flat roof is not insulated. Coatings are an excellent option for homeowners who are not able to add extra insulation or install other energy-saving devices.
There are various ways to improve the energy-efficiency of a flat roof with insulation. The ‘cold deck’ layout involves timber with a waterproof material on top. Some flat roof homes have insulation beneath the layer of timber. Then there’s ‘inverted’ insulation, which is placed between paving-slab material and waterproof material.
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