2 While we may be heading toward Fall, that doesn’t mean that the temperatures are ready to fall any time soon! As the thermometer continues to rise, I’m sure you’ve noticed your energy bills increasing. Your air conditioner is working overtime to keep you as cool as can be during these Summer months, but did you know that your roof can help bear the burden? You may be quick to blame your air conditioner as sweat drips from your brow, but your roof could be sharing the blame! But it doesn’t have to. Below, we have 4 ways that your roof can help keep you cool during these hotter months.
You’ve probably known since you were a kid that darker colors are more likely to attract sunlight and absorb more heat. That’s why you make sure not to wear black on very hot days, and the reason athletes wear eye black (aside from it looking very cool.) The very same principle applies to your roof. A white roof can reduce cooling costs by up to 40% in warm climates because of its reflective properties. This is particularly important because the roof is constantly receiving direct sunlight which increases the temperature both on your roof and in your home.
Insulation creates an air pocket between layers of your roof. In the winter months, it holds the heat in your home, saving you a ton of money on heating costs. In a similar vein, it also keeps the hot air from outside making its way inside your home. A poorly insulated roof can end up costing you as your cool air conditioning air is able to escape to the outside much easier instead of being contained inside your home. Need a professional roofer to get a proper roofing inspection of your roof.
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The steeper the roof, the less heat will enter your home. This not only improves the energy efficiency of your home, but will also typically lasts longer and requires less maintenance than a flat roof. There are obvious limitations to how steep you can go with your roof, but any professional roofing contractor will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of every roof pitch to determine the best roof pitch for your needs.
If your roof isn’t operating properly, you are more than likely spending unnecessarily on your energy bills. Not only that, but you are probably not as comfortable as you should be in your home! A roof that is properly installed will have a seal that prevents hot air from entering your home, as well as preventing the cooler air from escaping. One of the first things you should check is the condition of your roof to make sure there are no issues.
All this to say: a roof that is installed the right way should be helping you stay as cool as a cucumber in these hot heats. There are plenty of steps that you can take to not only feel as comfortable as possible but help you save money in the process. Farha Roofing would love to help you do just that!