If there is one thing every Floridan agrees on, it’s the fact that summers in this state are sweltering, endless, and painful! Ambient temperatures in the hottest areas of the state regularly hover around 100 degree fahrenheit or even higher, causing residents to flee inside and take shelter in the cool air conditioning. However, this heat also nasty side effects for your roof and your home, the Florida sun regularly pumps up the average residence’s energy bill thanks to the strain it causes on the air conditioning to keep up. It does this primarily because of the heat your roof takes on, the average Florida roof can be roughly 25-30 degrees fahrenheit hotter than the ambient air temperature around it; this has a huge impact on heating your home!
So what can we do to help keep our roofs cool in the sweltering Florida heat? Thankfully, roofing materials have come a long way and manufacturers have begun to incorporate heat mitigation technologies into their roofing materials.
Choice of Building Material
All roofing materials are NOT created equally when it comes to their ability to reflect heat away from your home. Some material, like dark colored shingles, are kings at absorbing heat and transferring it into your home. This is not desirable, as the extra heat load causes you higher energy bills at the end of the month. Some materials are perfect for hot climates, and metal roofs are a great example! Lighter colored metal roofs are perfect for reflecting heat, not absorbing it! The more heat that is reflected away from your roof, the better; it will cause you home to be cooler!
Whatever way you aim to make your roof cooler this summer, allow Old Time Roofing to make the needed changes for you! Contact us today!
This post was written by Reggie Reed! Reggie is a state certified roofing contractor and co-owner of Reggie Reed Roofing, the best roofing contractors St petersburg FL. He is a 4th generation roofing contractor. RR Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing services for residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches and more. Reggie enjoys dedicating his spare time to helping underprivileged youth in his community and traveling with his family and friends.