How To Ensure Your Roof Survives The Summer Heat
Summer gets really hot around here, and although you have air conditioning and take precautions against the heat by taking shelter, your roof cannot. It will face the direct sun for the entire summer.
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself how destructive the extreme temperatures are? And how your roof can be negatively affected? High temperatures not only affect your health, they can also affect the state of your roof and home. The good news is that you can do something about this by making some necessary changes to your roof.
One of the ways of dealing with the heat is to have a cool roof. The following post explains the advantages of a cool roof:
A cool roof can:
- Reduce a building’s air-conditioning bills. Keeping a roof cool means air conditioning doesn’t have to work as hard — and you can save money.
- Keep your air conditioning units working longer. Less use of the air conditioning means it is less taxed.
- Keep building tenants more comfortable. A cool roof can help keep workers inside the building cooler, especially in unconditioned spaces like warehouses and factories.
- Avoid using air conditioning altogether. In some areas of the country, you may not even need to use A/C in the building at all.
Help lower maintenance costs and extend the life of the roof. Dark roofs absorb more heat and can cause more stress to the roof, which could potentially shorten its lifespan. Read more at GAF…
Why not do something to your roof that will not only make you more comfortable and lower your bills, but also extend your roof’s life? You’ll be glad you did it.
There are different ways you can have a cool roof. One of them is to paint the roof white, as described in this post:
The easiest way to reflect the sun’s rays is to paint a roof white – something the Greeks have been doing for centuries. A white roof reflects around 85% of the sunlight that hits it – at least when it’s clean – and heats to just a few degrees warmer than the outside air temperature. A black roof, by contrast, can heat to more than 80C, according to sustainable construction expert Chris Jensen from the University of Melbourne.
“On a black tile roof, you could fry an egg, and on a cool roof you could walk on it in your bare feet,” says Jensen, “that’s the magnitude of the difference.” Read more at The Guardian…
The effects of a white roof are as plain as day. However, the roof needs to be cleaned regularly to ensure it is completely effective.
If you find the idea of a white roof absurd, there are other options that you could go for, as described in the next post:
A Long-Term Structural Solution for the Summer Heat
Although the Equinox Phenomenon may just last for days, the summer heat lasts for months. Temperatures in the high 30s to 40s are not comfortable at all. Add humidity to that and you feel like you’re in a sauna while having your lungs squeezed.
The above suggestions can take care of your body. But is there anything else you can do to bring room temperatures in your home a few degrees lower than the simmering heat outside?
The answer is yes and it comes in the form of roof paint called Cool Shades™. There are other roof paints of course, but Cool Shades™ can reflect 21% more infrared light compared to non-reflective roof coatings. Read more at My Boysen…
Technological advancements provide solutions to give your roof the ability to reflect away as much heat as possible, and you can capitalize on these products.
Any improvements you need to make on your roof will eventually need to be implemented by a roofing contractor. If you live in Dulles VA, or anywhere in Northern Virginia, and are looking for a professional roofing company, get in touch with us. We are a full service residential roofing company, and the Best Rated Roofing Company in Virginia. Call us today for all your roofing repair and replacement needs.