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Grand Rapids Roofing: Article About Increase A Roof's Solar Reflectance

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When it comes to keeping the inside of a home cool, the temperature often depends on the type of roof that is installed. The roof's ability to reflect the sun influences how comfortable the interior space is by preventing heat from being absorbed. For those who are looking to increase the roof's solar reflectance, there are a few steps to take to complete the process. It's important to keep in mind that the higher the emissivity and solar reflectance of the roof, the cooler the roof will become.

There are a number of different solar reflective paints to use on a roof for both financial and environmental benefits. Cool paints are applied by Grand Rapids roofing professionals and work to waterproof the structure and thermally seal the roofing materials to preserve the tiles. The cool paint can also be reapplied in the future to prolong the lifespan of the roofing structure. There are a number of different solar reflective paint colors to customize the look of the property and complement the style of the building. The paints can even be used on stucco, sidings and concrete. Elastomeric coatings work as a watertight membrane and cement coatings are applied to roofs that already have a waterproof surface.

For homes that have metal roofs, a cool roof coating should also be applied to prevent the material from holding heat in.

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This is ideal on homes that have steep roofs for a cost effective application that will last for 10 years.

Solar panels can also be installed on the roof to transfer the natural energy from the sun onto the property. Although solar panels require an installation fee, they can save a homeowner thousands of dollars annually. This is a long term solution that is usually more expensive with its upfront costs.

Homeowners can also choose to install new roofing materials that will naturally absorb less heat. Metal panels and slate tiles are both highly reflective and prevent the rays from the sun from penetrating the building.

The roof can also be painted a lighter color, which will help to attract less heat. White and off white shades are ideal to increase the roof's solar reflectance while also protecting the roofing materials.

Single ply membranes can also be rolled out onto a roofing structure for pre fabricated plastic or vinyl sheets that contain solar reflective materials. This often makes it easy to avoid using extra cool paint coatings or materials on the roof. The most common types of single ply membranes include thermoplastic polyolefin, ethylene propylene diene monomer and polyvinyl chloride.

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