One of the most common misconceptions about metal roofing is the assumption that it makes indoor spaces hotter because of its inherent conductivity. But the truth is, metal roofing is the best roof replacement option for hot climates. In this blog, Texas Traditions Roofing takes a closer look at what makes metal roofs the ideal choice.
It Doesn’t Absorb Much Heat
One of the reasons why certain types of roofing stay warm is because of their absorptive properties. Dark-colored asphalt shingles, in particular, tend to radiate heat even at night. In addition to radiating outwards, heat also radiates into the indoor living area, resulting in higher indoor cooling requirements.
Metal is better suited for such conditions because of its low thermal mass, which means it cools off quickly come nightfall. Combined with a properly insulated attic, metal roofs help make your indoor spaces more comfortable while helping you save on your energy costs.
It Can Be Reflective
The term “cool roof” generally applies to the roof’s reflective capabilities. Solar heat—or, more accurately, infrared rays—is a form of light, and can therefore be deflected on a reflective surface. Light-colored surfaces reflect sunlight, which is why commercial roofing contractors offer flat roofing options in white.
Whether you choose bare metal options such as copper, or coated standing seam metal roofing, your home can benefit from its reflective properties. Metal works with just about any type of roof coating. If you’d rather not have a light-colored roof, there are various types of coating that add a reflective layer to any color.
It’s Low Maintenance
Metal roofs have relatively low maintenance requirements compared to most residential roofing systems, and generally have longer life spans. Whereas asphalt shingle roofs are expected to last about 20 years or so, metal roofs typically last 50 years. Its outer surface doesn’t erode as easily, and can be recoated or repainted as needed.
Texas Traditions Roofing is your leading provider of roof repair and installation services. Give us a call at (512) 942-0427 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Waco, TX, and the surrounding areas.