It’s that time of the year when the days are full of sunshine and heat. What type of weather is better – hot or cold? Preferences vary and each person’s opinion is valid. Even so, extreme heat can be a lot to deal with and if not taken care of, can badly damage your roof. It can also cost you a lot when trying to regulate those temperatures, leading to high utility bills.
The good news is that there are ways of enhancing your roofing to make it cooler in this hot summer – even if you have metal roofing. The following article explains some really good stuff that’s being developed:
Glass Paint: Secret to Keeping Metal Roofs Cool on Sunny Days
New York and other cities see a climate fix in white paint, which is coating more rooftops as way to cool buildings and cut energy use. They may soon have another option: paint made of glass.
Scientists have created a glass paint that can bounce sunlight off metal roofs and keep them at air temperature. This is no minor feat. The sun can heat metal surfaces so much that playground slides or stadium bleachers can become too hot to use.
The new paint has another potential upside. Since it’s almost completely inorganic—a mixture of silica, the main ingredient in glass, and silicon rubber—it doesn’t degrade in ultraviolet light and can last much longer than typical polymer-based coatings. Read more at National Geographic…
So now you know what to do with your metal roofing. You no longer need to worry about high utility bills or overworking your AC.
It gets even better as we find out more ways to cool your roof. Installation of solar panels is another option you may want to consider. Read the following article and discover another reason why you may want to fit solar panels on your roof:
Do Solar Panels Cool Your Roof?
Solar panels don’t just power your AC on blisteringly hot summer days – they also take over some of the AC’s work themselves. This is according to a study from researchers at the University of California at San Diego, which says that rooftop solar panels not only produce emissions-free electricity, but also cool roofs and buildings to which they are attached. This lowers cooling costs, and offers an additional benefit of going solar.
Solar Panels Reduce Heating Costs in Cold Seasons
The idea is simple: when sunlight hits your house it warms your roof and pushes heat into your home. Installing solar panels will block this sunlight from hitting your roof, thereby preventing heat from entering your house. Read more at Energy Sage…
So there is something good about those traditional solar panels after all. The advantages are more than just the most obvious one we know. If you do not have either of these options to consider, you still aren’t lost for ways to cool your roof. Check out how green roofs are being used in extremely hot climates in Singapore:
Green high-rise keeps cool in sultry Singapore with passive design and living roofs
Designing comfortable housing that doesn’t require a ton of energy in equatorial Singapore is a challenging feat, but group8asia have risen to the task by creating an eco-friendly high-rise complete with passive ventilation and luscious green roofs. Incorporating vintage design with modern curves, Punggol Waterway Terraces offer both sustainable living and one heck of a view.
The tropical climate and dense urban area of Singapore demands housing that accommodates both factors. Each phase of this project’s planning takes into consideration the need for low-environmental impact cooling needs, down to which direction the buildings face. The Terraces feature apartments facing the distinct bisecting waterway and adorned with rippling Juliet balconies, which mimic casual waves on the buildings’ facades. Read more at Inhabitat.com…
So now you have no excuse to suffer the summer heat while at home. All these options are available – you just need to pick one that fits your home (and wallet). Just remember to work with professionals to make sure these cool roofing opportunities actually work for your home.
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