If you’re wondering, “Can the right roof help my home stay cooler this summer?” Let RRG Roofing keep you in the know! When it comes to roofing systems, there is no one-size-fits-all. Every roof is manufactured differently depending on factors like local weather conditions, the home’s architectural style, and homeowners’ precise needs and preferences.
If you’re someone who is looking to protect your home from extreme summer temperatures, it pays to have some knowledge about how a roofing system functions and how it can help keep your home cool and comfortable while saving energy and money at the same time.
That’s why picking the right roofing materials, installation techniques, and coatings are the key to maximizing comfort, energy efficiency, and sustainability. And it can help you save some serious money down the line. According to research, you can save over 40% on your energy expenses annually by simply opting for the right roofing system and using the best installation practices.
Types of Sunrays and How They Impact Your Home
To understand how a properly installed and high-quality roof can help improve the energy efficiency of your home by protecting it against the intense heat and sun rays, it is essential to know about the types of rays emitted by the Sun. Sun rays can be classified into Visible light, ultraviolet rays, and infrared rays.
Most of the sun’s rays consist of infrared rays. Though these rays are invisible, they are responsible for producing heat. UV rays are also not visible, but they can’t be felt as well. However, these rays are the most harmful ones and are responsible for causing the deterioration of roofing materials. And visible sunlight accounts for the remaining sun rays.
What Is Cool Metal Roofing?
Though an unpainted and basic metal roofing system is capable of reflecting sun rays better than any asphalt roof, if you choose the best reflective coatings and colors, your metal roof can reflect most of the radiation, including UV and infrared rays falling on it.
High-quality metal roofs can reflect over 85% radiation away from your home. As a result, they can help keep your home cooler and more comfortable without burdening your HVAC systems.
There is a common myth surrounding metal roofs that these roofs produce a shiny glare and cause more heat when the sun is at its brightest. However, that’s not true.
A high-quality metal roof with cool roofing technology can re-emit and reflect most of the heat produced by infrared rays falling on it while also enhancing the curb appeal of the property.
Most metal roofs come with ENERGY STAR ratings for their thermal emittance and total solar reflectance properties. Thermal emittance refers to the amount of energy absorbed by the material that it emits back instead of increasing indoor temperature.
As per The Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY STAR-rated roofs can help reduce your roof and home temperatures by a whopping 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Let’s look at our top tips that you can use to ensure optimum heat protection and energy savings from your new roof:
- Make sure to ask your roofers what roofing techniques they will use while installing your roof that can help ensure maximum temperature protection, performance, and energy efficiency.
- Pay close attention to ventilation and air circulation. Both are important all year round. Proper ridge and eve ventilation can help prevent high roof temperatures.
- Make sure you know the building codes applicable in your region. This will go a long way in ensuring that your insulation satisfies all the standards.
- Keep in mind other threats as well. Locations that are susceptible to high temperatures are often in danger of wildfires. Fortunately, most high-quality metal roofs are Class-A fire rated. This is the highest rating for fire resistance in the roofing industry.
- Make sure your roofer uses high-quality roofing materials from a trusted and well-established manufacturer that can offer extensive warranties. As far as metal roofs go, look for manufacturers that are members of reputable organizations like MRA.
- Pick the most environmentally friendly and sustainable materials you can find to boost energy efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint. Metal roofs are well known for saving energy. Their overall lifespan is about 3 times longer than most other materials. Lastly, metal roofs are fully recyclable which can dramatically reduce the waste ending up in landfills.