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From cool roofs to solar shingles, technology continuously improves roofing materials to make homes more efficient, livable and secure. While some of these developments may seem more science fiction than practical application, there have been many advances over the past few years that are worth looking into.

With the cost of natural gas and fossil fuels rising, a widespread movement has emerged focusing on energy independence and eco-friendly consumption. It's not surprising then, that many of the latest roofing technologies help maximize energy efficiency. It's best to consult with your Hicksville roofing professional about the types of energy-efficient roofs that are best for your situation, but here are a few developments to consider.

Rooftop solar installations now offer sleek, streamlined shingles and thin films that blend into your roof's profile. Thin film solar is very flexible and can be curved to blend with clay roof tiles for a natural look. Its electricity return rate only ranges from 9 to 13 percent, so you'd need to cover more roof space to get the same amount of electricity as you would with other solar options. On the other hand, it's the least expensive solar product on the market and is an affordable way to gain alternative energy.

Photovoltaic solar shingles offer an exciting alternative and provide a happy medium between thin film solar and bulky solar installations. These slim 12x86 panels are installed on your roof in place of some shingles, so they merge beautifully into the roof's profile.

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At 10 percent energy efficiency, the shingles offer less electricity than traditional panels, but with sufficient coverage, the shingles can provide 40 to 80 percent of a home's electrical needs.

For commercial consumers, spray foam insulation is now available as a high density roofing foam. The foam provides a tightly sealed monolithic roof membrane that reflects heat and keeps intemperate outside air from seeping into the building. The spray foam also provides excellent high wind and hail protection, needs no complicated fastening and adhesion system and can conform to irregular shapes.

On the cooling front, acrylic elastomeric coatings on your roof reflect the sunlight and are a good way to reduce energy use in sunny climates. Elastomeric coating is terrific for professional application on flat roofs, but it should not be applied on top of regular asphalt shingles. Painting the coating onto regular shingles prevents them from shedding water the way they should.

Whether you're a homeowner looking for alternate energy sources or a business owner seeking ways to reduce your energy bills, there are dozens of other new and innovative products that can help. If you're replacing your roof now, talk to your trusted roofer about new and appropriate roofing technologies for your home or business.

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