Building or remodeling a low-energy home isn’t as expensive as you’d think. With the right materials in the right places—and the right roofing company—you can create a thermal envelope that will function as a heat trap during the colder nights or days.
Basically, a thermal envelope is one of the most important elements of an energy-efficient, low-cost passive house or building. Its goal is to eliminate heat transfer from inside the house to outside during cold weather (and vice versa in summer).
Contrary to popular belief, creating an energy-efficient house doesn’t have to involve expensive attachments and hardware. A thermal envelope is easy to construct—the trick is knowing where to put the elements in the first place.
Creating a Thermal Envelope
There are three things to think of when creating this environment. You need to know about:
water vapor diffusion
A thermal envelope can impede heat transfer, stop water from changing phase, and trap water vapor.
Depending on which part of your house you’re building, the materials will, of course, differ. What must happen is the materials must have a low heat transfer coefficient, or U-value, and thermal resistance, or R-value. The heat transfer coefficient should be low while the thermal resistance should be high for your area or weather. A good roofing company can give you the exact values of the materials available.
Get a Thermal Roof Now
A good roofing contractor will be able to tell you how much work needs to be done on your roofing and siding to make your home more energy-efficient. Give Hader Solutions a call at (513) 661-1910. Make sure to mention that you’re interested in knowing more about your roof options in Cincinnati, OH.