5 Brilliant Ways to Keep Your Roof and House Cool & Energy Efficient This Summer

by Carolyn Lynch

If you’re wondering how you will deal with those exorbitant energy bills in the summer months, you’re not alone. We are all aware that scorching heat in this part of the country is unavoidable. But having to sweat due to sweltering heat inside our own homes is something that none of us would ever want — and we are not suggesting you buy the most expensive air conditioning system to get rid of this heat. This would, after all, increase your energy bills even further.

At James Russell Roofing, we have been helping homeowners get the most energy-efficient roofing systems for several decades now. We are aware that most of the time, homeowners have no idea that their roofs are responsible for the excess heat and high energy bills in their homes.

Can You Really Keep Your Roof and Home Cool In The Scorching Heat?

The short answer is – Yes. While you cannot completely negate the excess heat that homeowners have to deal with during summers, we can still take some effective steps to reduce the heat and our electricity bills to a large extent. Let’s take a look.

  1. Opt for light-colored shingles

Using dark colors in hot weather can be a big mistake. The fact is darker colors absorb more heat and light than their lighter counterparts. That’s the reason why people wearing darker clothes find the same heat unbearable even when they’re wearing shorts and a simple t-shirt.

On the contrary, light colors have amazing reflective properties that help reflect most of the heat and sun rays away from us.

Likewise, the light-colored shingles can effectively reflect almost 90% more rays and heat than shingles with darker colors. As a result, your entire home will feel much cooler and comfortable regardless of the weather outside.

  1. Choose Asphalt Shingles

You also need to consider the materials of your roofing system. High-quality asphalt shingles have a layer of protective granules on their top that also reflect most of the sunlight away from your home, keeping your roof and home naturally cool.

Since your roof will not get excessively hot, you don’t have to rely that much on energy-guzzling appliances to keep your house comfortable. This will result in reduced energy bills and you can spend more money on the things you love.

  1. Invest In a Mist Cooling System

You might not have heard about these, but mist cooling systems have shown to be really effective against excess summer heat. They work by spraying small amounts of water onto your roofing system at regular intervals. When this water evaporates, it cools down the surface of your roof.

  1. Create a Rooftop Garden

Many roofs may not to be suitable for a rooftop garden. But, if you have a flat roofing system, creating a rooftop garden is pretty easy. A rooftop garden is highly effective for reducing heat in your home because plants can absorb a majority of the sun rays falling on your home, preventing your roof from getting overheated.

  1. Get Solar Attic Fans

We are renowned for our high-quality services and unrivaled expertise. Therefore, we leave no stone unturned in extending the life of your roofing system. Trapped heat can reduce the lifespan of any roof considerably. In this situation, solar attic fans can prove to be a wonderful solution. These fans are very effective for removing heat from under your roof and keep it cool from the inside.

Get In Touch With the Leading Roofing Specialists 

If you’re looking for a trusted roofing contractor that will deliver you just the highest quality results possible within your budget, call James Russell Roofing in Millington, and Memphis, TN and get a free estimate today.

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