A home should always be built to harmonize with the environment its located in. To do this, certain adaptions are made to the structure. What about places where the temperature is high for longer periods in the year? One adaption that can be made is installing a Cool Roof. A Cool Roof enables a home to stay cooler because it is designed to reflect the suns radiation instead of absorbing it. This can be done in different ways. One way is by applying a special coating over an existing roof or another way is by using a single ply membrane. So, what are some of the benefits of a cool roof?
Cool roofs can be beneficial in city areas that are often affected by blackouts or brownouts due to so many buildings retaining too much heat. Air conditioners that are in high demand during the hottest times of day often become overloaded, a Cool Roof will help to reduce electrical demand during these times. It may surprise you to know that there are some roof reflecting materials that can reduce a roofs temperature by as much as 100 degrees. That means that significant savings can be had by installing a cool roof and, although a cool roof may result in a higher heating cost, the savings will outweigh this. In some cases, you might be able to benefit from utility rebates because of installing a Cool Roof.
While its clear to see the benefits of a Cool Roof, its good to do as much research as you can before you make a final decision on whether or not it would work for your home.