If you live in a warm climate, you love the sunshine but hate the energy bills. Making your home more energy-efficient requires taking a number of steps, but none is more important than having the right roofing. Rooftops are some of the hottest surfaces around. Choosing a cool roof for your home is a vital step in reducing your energy usage.
What Is A Cool Roof?
A cool roof is one that is designed to reflect the sun's rays so that your roof stays cooler, even in the most extreme heat. These roofs contain materials such as special paints, metals, or reflective tiles. In the brutal heat of the summer, a regular roof can hit temperatures close to 150 degrees. If you have a cool roof, the temperature could be as much as 50 degrees less. Your roof will still be hot, but the reduction in heat will make cooling your home much easier and less expensive.
How Can A Metal Roof Help?
Even unpainted metal roofing can seriously lower the cost of cooling your home because it reflects many of the sun's rays. When you add reflective finishes, you can cut your costs even further. Prepainted or "granular-coated" metal roofs also reflect many of the sun's rays, and they remit or release approximately 90% of what solar radiation they do absorb. These roofs are also lightweight and low-maintenance, so they provide numerous benefit for homeowners. If you imagine that metal roofing is unattractive, you need to look at the countless color options and styles available to you.
Can Reflective Shingles Be Used?
If you prefer the look of shingles, you can buy the "cool" version. These shingles typically have three layers, a fiberglass layer, an asphalt layer, and a top layer of reflective granules. Although these shingles are more expensive than standard shingles, they can lower your cooling costs by as much as 15%. In addition to lowering your energy bills, cool shingles tend to last longer, so you also have long-term savings on roof maintenance. Plus, you can also choose from many stylish shingle options.
Cool roofs can be stylish and energy-efficient. Any roofing material with reflective surfaces can help lower your energy consumption during the extreme heat of summer, so you need to consult with your roofing contractor about which roofing substance will work best for your climate and your home's style. Choosing the right roof can make all the difference in saving money and lowering your carbon footprint.