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What is a Title 24 Roof?

What is a Title 24 Roof In The Bay Area

Roofer installing a title 24 roofThe California Code of Regulations put together by the California Building Standards Commission outlines the building regulations and standards for design and construction. Specifically, Title 24 is part of a statewide goal to have all new homes producing zero net energy by 2020, and all commercial buildings by 2030. Not only is this good for the environment, but this will also bring a great deal of savings to homeowners. If compliant with the Building Energy Efficient Standards, homeowners will save approximately $7,400 over a 30-year span in maintenance and energy costs. Homes built under these standards save 28% on energy costs pertaining to lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, and water heating. While there are many elements of a new building that are contributing factors to these costs, the most significant is your roof. Your roof protects your home, holds it together, and has a direct impact on the day to day energy costs in every season. Element Roofing is your dependable source in the East Bay to fit your roof within the Title 24 roof guidelines.

California and the Bay Area is given its variety of climate conditions in the area. There are not many places in the world where you can go surfing on the coast, then drive to the mountains to ski on the same day. Because of this, the California Energy Commission has 16 climate zones in the state that determine the energy standard for that area. Adjustments and modifications to be compliant with the program depend on which climate zone you are in.

Why Does the Roof Matter Under Title 24?

If your roof is hot, it drives heat into the building and will most likely put you in a situation where you need to run your air conditioner. And if you’re running your air conditioner, your neighbors are too. When energy consumers are not complying with energy saving standards, the demand for electricity to keep your home feeling comfortable goes up and can put a great deal of stress on the power grid and lead to power outages. Element Roofing can support your new home by providing a Title 24 roof or can modify your outdated roof to meet the current standards.

Title 24 Roof Requirements

Group of roofers working installing a new roof in the bay areaAs part of  2010’s standards for both residential and non-residential must be equipped with a cool roof. A cool roof absorbs less heat as it reflects more light from the sun. They are often made with reflective tile or shingles, a sheet covering, or a highly reflective type of paint. Without a cool roof, the builder will need to determine other features to make the building more energy efficient. Roofs must meet requirements to be a cool roof on all new construction projects, large-scale repairs to existing roofs, re-roofing, and alterations. Under Title 24, there is a series of guidelines to determine the appropriate cool roof depending on the program. In order to determine the course of action to make your roof align with the program standards, you must consider the following:

  • Climate Zone
  • Roof Slope
  • Weight of the Roofing Material

You may not need to make your roof a cool roof in your building has any of the following:

  • No air ducts in the attic
  • Radiant Barrier in the Attic
  • Contains at least R-30 ceiling insulation
  • Existing insulated ducts in the attic
  • Insulation with a thermal resistance of .85hr ft2 degreeF/btu

Element Roofing is a leading expert on installing cool roofs. You can read more about the benefits of cool roofs on our blog post.

Roof Repairs May Require New Roof

When 50 percent or 1,000 square feet (whichever is less) needs to be replaced, California standards state that the roof must be converted to a cool roof if it is not already. Luckily, there are a variety of methods to turn an old roof into a cool roof during your roof repair. Element Roofing offers a variety of services to repair your roof so that it is within the program standards and you can trust that we will stand by our work with our 15-year workmanship warranty.

Title 24 Cool Roofs Will Save You Money

Title 24 is not simply roof guidelines, but the fact of the matter is that so much of what is required comes down to your roof. At Element Roofing, we are dedicated to ensuring your roof meets our quality standards and fits in with the guidelines. Plus, you will see the savings build up over time and save thousands. Not only will you save on your monthly bills by consuming less energy, but there are also tons of rebates and incentives to adopt a cool roof. Your HVAC equipment will become less necessary and your roof’s lifetime will be drastically extended.  If you would like to upgrade to your roof please contact us on our website or call (925) 628-2749. We offer roofing in Castro Valley, roofing in Fremont, roofing in Livermore and the rest of the Bay Area so we have you covered no matter where you live.