Keeping Cool: Roofing Materials That Are Good For Hot Climates
The roof of your home is definitely considered an essential part of its construction, but it also can go unnoticed or largely unconsidered when compared to designing the more exciting or finicky spaces in your home. However, if you live in a climate (such as the American Southwest) that experiences extreme heat during the summer, you should take another look at the roofing material you've chosen and make sure it'll work for you, rather than against you, when the warmer months come. So if you're wondering what commercial roofing materials will help keep you cool during the baking heat of summer without running your air conditioner constantly, then here's what you need to know.
Affordable, low maintenance, durable, and traditional, slate is a great choice for a roofing material in any climate, but works especially well in hot areas due to its color. The light stone colors associated with slate help to reflect the sun's rays rather than absorbing them, thus keeping your home cooler without any extra effort from either you or your air conditioning.
There's a reason that clay and terra cotta roofs are regularly found on more traditional or older homes in the Southwest – it's because they work really well to combat the heat. Shaped more like an "S" than traditional roofing tiles, the shape of clay and terra cotta tiles lets air circulate underneath them, which, coupled with the light colors of clay and terra cotta, makes these materials worth investing in.
If you're looking to keep cool and reduce your carbon footprint, then a green roof is definitely the way to go. Usually made up of a waterproof membrane with soil and plants on top of it, green roofs require a touch more maintenance to keep everything alive, but look much prettier and use way less energy to keep your home cool. As a bonus, it keeps your carbon footprint low by expelling more oxygen into the air, offsetting your CO2 emissions.
You've smelled burned rubber on the side of the road before, so you may be a little hesitant to believe that rubber could actually be a good roofing material for climates that pack a lot of heat. However, rubber roofing can be a godsend when it comes to keeping your home cooler than it would be otherwise; this (often) white weatherproof rubber (called EPDM) is great at reflecting back the sun's rays and lasts a long time.