As the weather continues to get warmer, the sunny days put a smile on our faces and have many of us spending more and more time outside; however, despite all the benefits that the warmth offers us, it can have a harsh effect on an unprepared roof and consequently your home.
Intense summer heat can damage your roof and raise the temperature throughout your home. This means more energy being used to air condition your home and with that higher energy consumption, higher energy bills.
Regular fiberglass shingles absorb heat and a hotter roof means a hotter attic. So, if your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan or has sustained extensive damage and you’re looking to have a roof replacement performed, consider opting for asphalt shingles with a coating of reflective granules to reflect the sun.
Large trees can make great umbrellas to provide shelter from the sun. Strategically planting these large plants on your property helps prevent your roof from receiving high amounts of direct sunlight.
When considering this option it’s important to take precautionary measures. For example, you’ll want to avoid planting trees to close to your home as your roof can be damaged by branches that break off.
In the summer, roof ventilation creates the necessary airflow in your attic to help keep the space cool. Without proper ventilation, warm air would be captured in the attic and the temperature throughout the space would continue to rise.
For homeowners with a flat roof, a rooftop garden can be an effective way to reduce your home’s cooling costs. Green roofs provide a protective barrier from the sun’s rays, which reduces surface temperature. Also, the gardens can make the air surrounding the roof cooler than the ambient air temperature.