Did you know that there are heat resistant roof materials that can help you save on heating and cooling costs? Before you decide on a specific type of roofing material, it’s important to know the benefits of the other options you may have. Some heat resistant roof materials include:
Overlays and Radiant Barriers
The overlays reflect heat from the building which leads to a cooling effect. You can also apply radiant barriers to further insulate your project.
Tiles that are light colored with earth tones are very effective in cooling homes. This material also has natural reflective properties that will help with the cooling effects.
Terracotta and Clay
These materials are popular in warmer climates with little precipitation. With clay tiles, you can also weatherproof them and add reflective capabilities with certain paint treatments.
Cool Colored Concrete Tile
Concrete is heavy and will take a long period of time before it can fully heat up. If you can paint the concrete a lighter color, it will even increase the cooling effects.
Green/ Living Roofs
The green roofs consist of a waterproof membrane which is filled with soil or vegetation. Not only is this a durable type of roof that you can try, but the plants that are growing in the roof can help purify your air.
Solar/ Photovoltanic Systems
These are special types of roof shingles that are effective in trapping in solar power and turning it into electricity. These solar shingles are also available in traditional sizes and shapes to meet your specific needs.
Rubber Membrane Roofing
Although “rubber” is in the name of this particular type of roofing, it isn’t technically rubber that is used. This roofing material is made from a single-ply, rubber-like membrane that’s either made from a weather-resistant thermoplastic or synthetic rubber called EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer). EPDM is known for being long wearing, thermoset, and sets like a rubber material.
White Barrel “S” Tile
Since these tiles are made of concrete, they are very effective at keeping the heat out of homes. These tiles are also bright white, which will help in reflecting more sun rays than other roofing materials.
White Flat Tile
These tiles are available in various cool colors, which helps in keeping roofs cool. The white flat tiles are the most effective in keeping heat out of your home since they can reflect the majority of the sun’s rays.
White Metal Roofing
Although white metal roofing doesn’t reflect the sun as much as other roofing materials do, this roofing material cools faster at night than others. This type of roofing is costlier than other materials, but is known for being energy efficient, durable, and low maintenance.
Electricity costs over the summer months can go through the roof, but your roof doesn’t have to be the reason why it does.