Roofing materials and colors are crucial to how buildings keep cool, especially in warm climates. In fact, the roofing system is the first real line of defense against the heat. Left unchecked, this heat can lead to excessive energy bills, since it will take a lot more for your cooling system to achieve and maintain your preferred room temperature. That’s why it is important to understand what roofing materials work best in warm climates. These include:
1. Slate Tile
Slate is durable and fire-resistant, and it lasts a long time with little maintenance, compared to many other roofing materials on the market today. This material is also available in a natural color range, including light colors and earth tones, which can help reduce the heat absorbed by a building. Slate is also among the most beautiful roofing treatments and wears to a nice finish over time.
2. Metal Roofing
Metal roofs are also called “cool roofs” due to their high reflectivity of the sun’s heat. You can take this a step further by making sure your metal roof is painted white or a very light color as it can reflect up to 66% of the sun’s energy. White metal roofing also has another benefit — compared to other roofing materials, it cools faster at night, and retains less heat for shorter periods. In order to maximize the benefits of metal roofing in warm climates, however, it is important to pay close attention to proper installation and treatments like roof coatings. Here at Coleman Roofing, we can handle both so you can enjoy absolute satisfaction with your metal roofing system.
3. “Rubber” Membrane Roofing
EPDM (ethylene propylene diene Monomer) and other single-ply rubber roofing membranes are lightweight, very durable and reflective, especially when treated with white-cool reflective coating options. These roofs can keep the sun’s heat from absorbing into structures and also serve as solid waterproof barriers to protect the surface underneath.
Whether it’s for your residential or commercial roofing system, Coleman Roofing has the right materials to stand up to the climate. We are committed to your 100% satisfaction with every job we do. Call us today at (225) 379-7663 or reach out to us through our contact form for a FREE estimate. We serve clients in Lafayette, LA, and nearby areas.