Choosing a new roof can be can be overwhelming. You find yourself asking: What materials should I choose? How much can I afford to spend? Will I be able to find the right roofing contractor to complete the job on budget and on time? All of these questions are bound to come up in the process.
A question that we often hear is: "Won't metal roofing make my house hotter?" The answer to this question is a resounding...NO! If anything, the inverse of this is true. Let's take a look at a bit of the science behind roofing materials and why choosing a metal roof for your Florida home or business is most likely in your best interest.
A Time for Reflection
.The basic fact is that even unpainted metal roofs will reflect more sunlight than asphalt roofs. This phenomenon is amplified when metals roofs are painted using the proper coatings and colors. These roofs (often referred to as "low-glare" roofs) mostly reflect UV rays. These are the most damaging type of rays, not only for your roof but also for your skin. This is good news for home and business owners who have metal roofs. In addition to looking spectacular, metal roofs may actually keep your structure cooler. Who doesn't want their house to be as cool as possible, especially in those scorching summer months?
How Cool is Your Roof?
Would you describe your energy costs during the Summer as going "through the roof" compared to the other times of year? Costs may actually be high because of your roof. Shoddy installation techniques and cheap materials can make your roof extremely energy inefficient whereas, many metal roofs are so energy efficient that they can be called ENERGY STAR-qualified. These are known as "cool roofs." Cool roofs are given the title based on their total reflective and thermal emittance abilities or the amount of absorbed energy a material absorbs and releases back into the atmosphere. Cool roofs are able to release the maximum amount of energy back into the atmosphere instead of causing temperatures in the structure to rise. These roofs are so efficient, in fact, that they may be able to lower roof temperatures by as much as 50 percent! Think about how much cooler that would make your structure.
Proper installation of your new metal roof is also a key factor in keeping your home or business cool. Appropriate ventilation and proper insulation can also have a drastic effect on inside temperatures no matter what the weather outside is like. Be sure to check building codes in your area to ensure that the insulation you are using meets or exceeds basic standards. Also make sure that your roofing contractor is using the highest quality materials. Doing so can save you big money, up to 40 percent on annual energy costs in some cases.
If you've decided that a metal roof is right for you, we here at Nations Roofing & Construction, LLC would love the chance to earn your business. Give us a call today at 813-485-4440 to speak with one of our helpful customer service professionals. A cooler roof is in your future!