It is extremely important that we focus not only on how we can strengthen the home’s physical structure but to ensure that it is beneficial in every aspect especially when it comes to making it energy efficient. One way of cutting down energy costs at home is by making the right decisions when it comes to the roof of the home.
Houses in hot climates often require costly measures such as the use of air conditioning and fans to keep it cool. Here are four (4) roofing tips that can help keep your home cool and reduce your spending.
1) The color of the roof makes a significant difference in the amount of heat that enters the home. Darker colors absorb sunlight and heat whereas lighter colors reflect heat. Therefore when building in countries with a warmer climate it is not recommended that colors such as black or grey are used.
2) In addition to color, the material used for the roof will also affect how cool or warm the home will be. Metal roofs, although thought to absorb a lot of heat, actually reflect more heat than other materials such as asphalt shingles.
3) Use a cool roof coating. This is a finishing layer that lightens the roof to help it reflect heat. It is easy to apply and it does not require the replacement of an existing roof. In addition to keeping the home cooler, roof coating can also help prevent water damage and help restore the roof if minimal damage is present.
4) When designing your home consider including an attic to assist in improving the insulation under the roof. Having a proper insulated roof can help maintain the temperature inside the home irrespective of the temperature on the outside.
Additional tip: Be sure to include guttering when building your home. Gutters are important when it comes to protecting a home structurally. They protect the roof and the foundation of the home by directing rainwater away from the building.
The roof offers significant protection to the home and it is up to us to ensure that it is as efficient as possible.
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