Stay a Step Ahead of the Heat with a Cool Roof

Stay a Step Ahead of the Heat with a Cool Roof

A cool roofing system can help reduce utility bills and keep your home more comfortable.

A cool roof is one that reflects and emits the sun’s heat back to the sky instead of absorbing it and transferring it to the home or building beneath it. When the heat is reflected rather than absorbed, the building will use less energy to keep the interior comfortable and cool.
Stay a Step Ahead of the Heat with a Cool Roof
Cool roofs are measured by their solar reflectance, or the fraction of solar energy that is reflected and by thermal emittance which is the ability of the roof to radiate absorbed heat. Both ENERGY STAR and the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) set the standards that determine whether a shingle or other roofing material can be considered a cool roof.
It used to be that the only shingles that met the criteria to be considered a cool roof were white; however, advances in granule technology have greatly expanded the color choices. Most homeowners have no problem finding a color that complements their home and provides the energy efficient benefits that they are seeking.
With summer temperatures in central Texas pushing, and often passing, the 100-degree mark, choosing a cool roof shingle for your home can ease the burden placed on your home’s air conditioning system. The CRRC estimates that average energy savings range from seven to 15 percent of total cooling costs. In addition to the improved cooling efficiency, a cool roof system helps the environment. Studies have shown that cool roofs reduce greenhouse gas emissions by conserving electricity, which means power plants emit less carbon dioxide.
A cool roof is about more than just the shingle. It’s also about ensuring that your home has proper ventilation and insulation in the attic. The combination of those three things delivers powerful benefits including:

  • Reducing utility bills associated with air conditioning
  • Prolonging the life of your air conditioning system
  • Lowering roof maintenance costs and extending the life of your roof

   
Ready to take the next step toward installing a new, cool roof? Request your free consultation today!

How to Protect Your Home from Severe Weather

How to Protect Your Home from Severe Weather

You can’t control the weather, but you can take measures to help protect your home when storms are in the forecast.

Texas sees its fair share of strong storms, hail and tornadoes that cause a lot of damage to homes. During high winds and hail, your home’s roof is put to the test. Here are four easy ways you can help it perform:
How to Protect Your Home from Severe Weather
1 – Clean gutters and downspouts. As the roof on your home sheds water, the water needs to flow into the gutters, travel down the spouting and exit away from your home. If your gutters and spouting are clogged, the rainwater can back up and potentially creep into your home along the eaves or the foundation – depending on where the clog is located.
2- Trim your trees. If you have trees with branches that are close to the roof, strong winds could cause the branches to rub against the roof, loosening shingles or wearing away protective granules. If limbs are dead or dying, a strong wind could cause them to snap off and turn into projectiles. This is dangerous for not only your home but also any nearby neighbors’ homes.
3 – Secure or put away patio furniture and umbrellas. Just as a broken tree limb could turn into a deadly projectile during a storm, so could a piece of lawn furniture or patio umbrella. When a storm is forecast, it’s a good idea to just bring those items inside.  Look around your yard as well and secure anything that might be blown away in high winds.
4 – Look for trouble before storms hit. Look at your roof from the ground. Do you notice any loose or curling shingles? They will be the first to suffer wind damage during a storm event. These issues need to be assessed and repaired by a professional, licensed roofing contractor.
Texas Traditions Roofing is happy to help you fix any issues that you are having with your roof. We are certified by the major roofing manufacturers and licensed by the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas.  Contact us today to schedule a free inspection.

Spring Cleaning – Don’t Forget Your Roof!

Spring Cleaning – Don’t Forget Your Roof!

Follow these three easy tips to ensure that your roof stays in tip-top shape this spring.

Spring is the season for cleaning out and cleaning up inside and outside of your home. From planting flowers and landscaping to clearing out the garage, it’s fulfilling to keep your home looking nice. A spring cleaning area that many homeowners overlook is one of the most important ones – the roof!
Spring Cleaning – Don’t Forget Your Roof!
How do you ‘spring clean’ your roof? Here are three things you can do to be sure your roof is ready for the April showers and spring storms that are inevitable.
First – Look for encroaching vegetation. Are trees growing and closing in on the roof? Branches should never be allowed to touch the roof. As the wind blows, the branches sway and can cause damage to shingles.
Second – Check your gutters. Look for dents or other signs of distress, such as the gutter pulling away from the house that could indicate damage or poor performance. Check inside the gutters for debris or excess granules from the shingles. (TIP: Use a selfie stick to take a picture to ‘see’ what is happening inside your home’s gutters).
Third – Give your roof a thorough visual examination from the ground. Do you notice any missing shingles? Are there discolored streaks on the roof (indicator of mold or algae which can slowly degrade the roofing material)?
If you see any areas of concern, be sure to contact a local, licensed, professional roofing contractor who can properly assess the roof and make recommendations for remedying any situations that may need attention.
At Texas Traditions Roofing, we are happy to provide a free inspection and review any areas of concern that you may have noticed. We are licensed by the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas and stand behind our work, offering a workmanship warranty on every home.
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