Summer is back, and with it comes the age old burning question: what can I do to get this heat out of my life?! Anyone who has been around the Bryan-College Station (or in the great state of Texas in general) for long enough knows that there’s only so much we can really do to fight off the aggressive heat patterns that July (with an average high of 95°F) and August (an average of 96°F) brings us.
So what is there to do? We have our AC units carrying so much of the weight necessary for keeping us cool, but with a naturally low amount of rainfall and persistent “partly cloudy” skies there’s only so much we can do. There’s always something more, though, right? It’s just a matter of finding it. So let’s start close to home – very, very close to home – with the thought of cool roofing.
Cool roofing systems are gaining some momentum quickly, especially in regions as hot as this sprawling mass of wonder that we live in. According to the Department of Energy, certain styles of cool roofing can help lower your roof’s overall temperature to 50°F. I’m sure that information might not mean much to you, possibly even raising more questions. Fortunately for you, RocStout Roofing has some answers for you.
Can this option be good for the environment?
A growing concern in this nation is the environmental impact of our decisions.
Now, this might not be on the forefront of everyone’s mind with everything else going on in our lives. We’re here to tell you that by utilizing cool roofing options, you don’t have to have it on your mind in the comfort of your home. By making your roof cool, there are some wonderful silent effects on the environment.
- Energy use during “peak hours” goes down, which results in a lighter strain on fossil-fuel powered plants
- Reduction in AC units also contributes to lowering CO2 outputs
- In tight-knit urban communities there is a studied effect known as the “Urban Heat Island Effect” that can be reduced by reflective roofing
Can this save me money?
Obviously, one of the most important questions when considering new roofing materials is the cost involved: is there anything to counter that cost? The answer, fortunately, is yes!
- The extended life of the materials means there will be less maintenance costs involved (especially when we start talking about the more weatherproof options!)
- Sources say that bill payers can save 15% on energy costs (and that number means big, big money when we’re talking big buildings)
Are there options for me?
So the environment is happy, your wallet is happy… seems like a shoe-in, right? Guess the only question left is whether or not cool roofing works with your set-up. Thankfully, there are options for low-slope roofs (which are the styles that you’ll find in industrial settings) and steep-slope roofs (which is what dominates the residential market).
- Shingle roofs are the most prevalent style of roofing in the residential sector. A more affordable option, the drawback comes with it’s reflective nature: it’s solar reflective index is typically only around 30%. However, there are plenty of options for coatings that help increase that number.
- Metal roofing is a slightly more expensive option than shingle style roofing and boasts a solar reflective index of 70%! Alongside that is the added benefit of being entirely recyclable at the end of its run.
- Roof Coating is a broad spectrum term for a myriad of materials that are applied like paint to existing roof systems. Affordable for both low-slope and steep-slope roofs, this cool roofing style comes in a vast array of materials and colors to best suit your environment and style preferences.
- Single-ply membranes come in two variances: EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) and Thermoplastic. SIngle-ply roofing is regarded for its durability and weatherproof nature and is noticeably more common in the commercial industry.
Here we have provided information on some of the “cool” roofing basics, but the experts at RocStout Roofing and Construction are dedicated to the details that will allow you to find the roofing options best suited to your needs. From damage repairs and maintenance work to desired upgrades, our knowledgeable team is happily assisting customers in Bryan College Station and greater Houston area with their home exterior solutions. We look forward to your call!