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Radiant Barrier Saves Your Roof

October 25, 2014

Living in Central Texas, chances are you’re no stranger to the brutal summer heat. Many people decide to install radiant barrier insulation in San Antonio for their homes to save on air conditioning costs, but did you know that radiant barriers can also lengthen the lifespan of your roof?Consider this: Statistically, an average of 93% of solar radiated heat enters your home through the attic. That’s a lot of heat beating down on your roof’s structure! In fact, the temperature of your roof sheathing can reach 160°F and your attic temperature can rise to 120°F.Moist air that accumulates in the attic can cause significant damage to your roof’s structural integrity. As the attic continually collects moisture and dries out, the wood beams expand and contract. Although wood is designed to withstand heat, the severe Texas temperatures can still wreak havoc. As time wears on, the extreme temperatures and humid air of San Antonio weaken the wood, causing bending, buckling, or warping. This can be dangerous because the strength and stability of your roof can be compromised, making it more susceptible to damages or even collapse.A great way to prevent wood warping is to keep it out of humid climates, but as we know in Texas, that’s not always possible! Luckily, radiant barriers can provide a viable, beneficial alternative that not only saves you money on energy bills but also on roof and attic beam repairs. Furthermore, fixing warped wood can be tedious and time-consuming. Prevention is the best solution!With proper insulation like the Green Energy Radiant Barrier, attic temperatures remain more constant, thereby keeping wood within safe temperature levels. Radiant barriers are capable of blocking up to 97% of the sun’s radiant heat from being transmitted into your attic. This can add years to your roof’s lifespan.If you’re experiencing high energy bills and high home temperatures, or you believe the heat may be negatively affecting your roof, why not explore all that Green Energy Radiant Barriers in San Antonio have to offer?