Majority of people think that the best way to keep a building or house cool is to invest in air conditioning. There are actually plenty more factors in play, like architecture, but the best way to keep your home sheltered from heat is through the roof. Your roof should release heat rather than absorb it. Sometimes all you need is a change of color, for example: having a white roof can reduce your electricity costs of air-conditioning up to 15%. What are your other options? You can consider…
6. Clay and Terra Cotta Roofing
This type of home exterior is most often used in countries with hot climates like Spain, Mexico, and the American Southwest. This material is so good at withstanding heat that structures built with terra cotta and clay roofing several hundred years old still are intact; enduring centuries of relentless heat.
The secret isn’t just in the material but also in the way it’s shaped and made. A common complaint about this material is that it cannot endure wet and cold weather so well but newer treatments and processes have removed this vulnerability.
5. White Metal Roofing
While not as effective in hot climates as the other materials on this list, it does have an advantage over the others in that it holds heat for a much shorter period and can cool down very quickly. Metal roofing will cost you more than traditional roofing but makes up for this through long lasting durability and more relaxed maintenance requirements. To get the full benefits, be sure to have the roof treated for corrosion resistance.
4. Solar Roofing Systems
Why not take advantage of all that sun your house receives and use the generated heat as an alternative energy source? The cost is still relatively high but as popularity increases, and it steadily is, prices are predicted to go down. Don’t worry about aesthetic appeal as modern solar panels and shingles are now available in more shapes, sizes, and designs than ever. For those seeking an eco friendly rooftop this is the way to go.
3. Concrete Tiles
Falling within mid-range prices, concrete can endure hot climates easily. Concrete is a sturdy heavy material and it takes a long time to heat up, a good choice for warm climates. This roofing material is fireproof, solid and available in different colors. Lighter colors work better and will reflect more of the sun’s heat than darker colors.
2. Slate tiles
A long standing favorite, slate is found on top of several century old New York Brownstoners. With the right maintenance, this material can last multiple lifetimes. Available in a wide range of colors, slate tile exteriors are also known for their beauty and ability to reduce heat absorbed thanks to it's natural reflective properties.
Slate, however, is a heavy and expensive material. Installation and transportation costs may be higher than other materials especially if it isn’t available nearby or within your area.
1. Rubber Membrane Roof
Contrary to what you may be thinking, rubber roofs actually make a good roofing solution for all sorts of climates, hot climates included. This relatively new material is composed of durable, weather-resistance thermoplastic. This material is hailed as long-lasting and requiring little maintenance along with being cheap to install since it comes in rolls as well as sheets and is also reflective. As a cherry on top, they also provide a good foundation for green home exteriors, which are a great way to help the environment while keeping your home covered.