Keeping homes cool costs homeowners millions of dollars every year. Air conditioning takes a lot of energy, as do ceiling fans and ice makers. Just think of all of the devices that play some role in making the average temperature of your home cooler! Many techniques, including shading your windows with awnings and avoiding the use of your oven during the summer, can help cool down your house. One very effective way of making your home less hot, however, lies on top: your roof. If your roof is made up of dark asphalt shingles, you could be beckoning the sun’s hot rays like an irresistible Greek nymph. To keep your energy bills low and your brow sweat-free, your roof should act more like the guard dog Cerberus, menacing any sunshine that comes its ways. Cool roofs are all the rage, and we’ll tell you how you can make your roof repel heat like no one’s business.
Paint to Reflect the Sun
We’ve all experienced what happens when we wear black clothing out in the hot sun: It makes you even hotter! Black clothing and roofs, too, absorb heat. If you have a dark-colored roof, you could be increasing the latent temperature of your entire house. Painting shingles or other roofing materials a light color, from cream to white, or any color that reflects well and matches your house, can help lower the overall temperature. You can speak to roofing specialists in Roswell to make sure you get roof-specific paints. Be sure to also check with your roofer to ensure that painting your roof doesn’t void your roof’s warranty.
Get a Cool Roof with Bitumen
Did you know that the roofing materials you use can determine how much heat is absorbed as well? Modified bitumen roofing is a type of “cool roof” that people in hot areas choose over the traditional shingles and other materials. If your home is more often hot than not, or if you have very little shade around your house, this roof replacement can make a huge dent in your AC bills and the increasing frustration that comes with sweltering home temperatures. This type of roof can be added to homes that don’t have an overly-steep slope. To find out if your home’s roof is the right gradient and shape, get a personalized consultation.
When you look into cool roofs, consider each material option. Besides bitumen, there are also single-ply membranes that go on the roof deck, with no other coatings required. This material is a type of pre-fabricated sheet that has reflective solar material on it. The reflective part is effective at forcing the sun’s rays away from your roof. This material can be combined with others and with painting techniques to get the optimal amount of sun-shunning action.
Replace Asphalt Shingles
If you have a roof with a steep slant, your options are more limited than if you had a flat or barely-sloped roof. One option that works for steep roofs is reflective shingles. Shingles that are coated with light, reflective granules work to make a cool roof. These shingles can be specially ordered and purchased at many home-improvement stores.
Getting your roof replaced is a large home improvement project. With our experienced and efficient roofers, the process won’t be too much of a hassle, but you will need to follow some advice to ensure that none of your indoor or outdoor possessions are damaged in this complex process. By following a few of our steps, you can be ready for roof replacement in Roswell and enjoy a smooth process of getting a brand-new roof.
Clear the Perimeter Outside
Roofers will need access to your driveway and the area around your home. Clearing the area so that they can bring roof replacement materials and machines in will make the process go quicker. Park any cars, RVs, or boats along the road in front of your house. If necessary, ask a neighbor if you can use their driveway on the big day. Clear the lawn around your house of bikes, lawn-care tools, and any of your children’s toys. This makes it easier for roofers to walk around your home and prevents your possessions from getting damaged by falling debris.
If you have a hot tub or pool on your property, cover them to keep dust and bits of roofing material from getting into the water. Replacing a roof is dusty work, so cover your flower beds with plastic if you have sensitive plants that you don’t want to have to clean off after the process has finished.
Protect Your Furnishings and Decorations
Inside your home, there’s a possibility that dust and dirt from the rooftop can get onto your furniture or other items. Old sheets or painting plastic make for great furniture covers. The walls and ceilings will also shake, so pull down any paintings or pictures hung on the wall, chandeliers or delicate light fixtures, and anything else that’s likely to come crashing down with some bumps. Storing delicate items in boxes with bubble wrap will prevent them from getting chipped or otherwise damaged.
Clear Pets and Children from the Area
The day when your roof gets replaced is a good time to take your family on an outing. Children can be either terrified or fascinated by a large project like this. Although our roofing company takes the utmost care to keep the process safe and smooth, it’s still possible that debris can fall from the roof to the lawn below. It’s much safer to keep children at a distance and know where they are at all times.
If any member of your family has allergies, the symptoms could be aggravated by the roof-replacement process. Make sure that they take their allergy medication and steer clear of the perimeter until the dust finally settles.
Pets will be agitated by the noise and bustle of the project. We recommend putting them in a carrier or kennel while the project is going on. You might want to put your dog on a leash and take the whole family to the park for a day. You can also take your pets to a friend’s or family member’s house for the afternoon.
With all of these precautions, you will be able to do a quick cleanup and enjoy your brand-new roof in no time.
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