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Since ancient times, white painted roofs have been used for their cooling benefits in places with warm climates, such as Greece. Similar technology can be used today on modern homes. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a homeowner can lower the temperature of their roof by up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit with the use of a cool roof. Because less heat is being transferred into the home via the roof, owners can experience a savings in both energy and money if they have a cool roof in place. Having a cool roof on a patio can make the space much more comfortable in hot weather.
A cool roof utilizes material that is made to bounce off more sunlight and soak in less heat than a typical roof does. This type of roof may be achieved through the use of a sheet covering or special highly reflective tile or paint. If a homeowner is replacing their roof, it is worth taking the time to investigate cool roof options. How much a home will save depends on climate and other factors. Cool roofing is an option to discuss with a roof professional to find out whether or not it's right for the home in question.
When building a new home, homeowners can decide during the designing phase whether or not to install a cool roof. If they want to convert an existing roof, there are three main options for obtaining a cool roof.
The first is to apply a special cool roof coating. The second option is to recover the roof with a new waterproofing surface. And the third option is to tear off the old roof and replace it with a new cool roof. If a roof is near the end of its life cycle or in poor condition, it makes sense to recover or replace the roof.
A cool roof isn't always more expensive than a standard roof, particularly when the roof is being replaced entirely or installed in a new build. That said, converting an existing roof into a cool roof can be costly. Cool roofs save a homeowner money in a variety of ways. There are the obvious energy savings, plus owners can get rebates and incentives, downsize HVAC equipment and the life of a roof can be extended. There are calculators available online that can give homeowners can idea of how much they could save with a cool roof.
Climate is especially important to take into consideration when deciding whether or not to install a cool roof. The greatest savings will be achieved in hot climates. In colder climates savings on cooling can be offset by increased heating needs in the wintertime, since the home will absorb less beneficial heat in the winter.
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