Many homeowners focus on the initial cost of a roof when they choose a roof for their home. The problem with this approach is that it can leave you exposed to higher costs down the road. For example, asphalt shingles are very common, but they absorb heat from the sun, which can then heat up your home and drive up your cooling costs. If you choose an energy-efficient roofing material, you can save money on your cooling costs from month to month, which can help to offset the cost of these roofing materials and save you money. 

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing has a naturally reflective surface, which will deflect the sun's energy before it has a chance to heat up a home. Metal will, however, absorb some heat, and what heat it does absorb it will retain unless treated with an emissive surface. A metal roof, which is treated with an emissive coating can reduce your cooling costs by up to 40%. With savings like that, you can more than pay for the cost of your roof. 

Slate Shingles

Slate is a metamorphic rock, which is made up of millions of crystals. These crystals will help to reflect the sun's rays away from your home to help keep it cool. 

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles have been in use for centuries and offer highly durable savings for a home. Clay tiles can last indefinitely in a mild climate. Longevity is not the same thing as energy efficiency. If you are looking for energy savings, you need to look for S-shaped clay tiles. The S curve in the tiles creates a natural channel, which allows heat to rise up your roof before it has a chance to heat up your home. 

White Roofing

As important as roofing materials are, the color of your roof can be just as important. Dark colors naturally absorb more of the sun's rays than other colors. Simply by choosing a white roofing material, you can cut cooling costs by up to 20%

In order to cut cooling costs, you have to carefully consider the materials that you use in your home. Your roof is exposed to the constant onslaught of the sun's rays. To keep your home cool, you need a roofing material that will deflect the sun's energy before it reaches your home. A common material like asphalt shingles is not suited for this challenge, but if you are willing to spend a little more money initially for an energy efficient roof, you can save money over the long run. Contact a local roofer, like Bosworth Roofing, for more help.