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!
A new roof will add new life to your home. Whether damaged by nature or just worn out over time, your old roof can be much more than just an eyesore. In addition to making your house susceptible to leaks and water damage, your old roof is probably costing you money in wasted energy. Today we take a look at some of the advantages of installing new roofing, and how hiring a licensed and responsible roofing contractor can add major value to your home.
A new roof adds curb appeal
If you're thinking about selling your home, a new roof can be a tremendous asset. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer. Would you be more likely to buy a home with a brand new roof or a home in need of a roof replacement within the next few years? A new roof can also add a great deal of "curb appeal" to your home and thus increase its potential sales price. Take a look at this shake shingle roof installation in Hernando County that Nations Roofing recently completed. Can you imagine the difference in seeing a roof like this versus an old roof could potentially make with a prospective buyer?
Avoid roadblocks when selling your home
A new roof can also save you the massive headache of dealing with building inspection issues. A home's roof is one of the most visible components of the structure, and is likely to be heavily scrutinized during the inspection process. Installing a new roof on your home can help you avoid potential roadblocks when selling.
In addition to the added value to your home, a new roof installation will save you money and help to alleviate stress in other ways. As we mentioned previously, your old roof may be costing you big money in wasted energy. The asphalt roof shingles featured in the photo above are designed with "cool roof technology" and even have an ENERGY STAR® rating. These shingles reflect heat from the sun instead of absorbing it. The end result is less heat being trapped in your home...and a reduction in your energy bill.
How Much Will It Cost?
You will have to pay for a new roof. While I realize this is a shocking revelation, it is the truth and it is important to understand what your costs will be going into any project. According to this survey conducted by HomeAdvisor.com, most homeowners in the United States can expect to pay between $5,347 and $10,539 for a brand new roof. This number can fluctuate of course, depending on the pitch of the roof and the materials used. We here at Nations Roofing realize that this is no small chunk of change, which is why we do our best to provide you with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship in the business.
Without doubt, having a new roof installed is a major investment, but it will increase the value of your house dramatically. It can also save you money on your energy bill and a great deal of stress when going through the inspection process. We at Nations Roofing realize that you have a choice when it comes to roofing companies. We would like the chance to provide you with the best possible service at the best possible price. Please reach out to us today at (813) 485-4440 and let us know what we can do for you!