The cost of roofing materials is not the only cost you have to worry about when you install a roof. While installation, replacement, and repairs are hefty costs, there is a hidden cost that you need to worry about. The wrong roofing material can heat up during the summer, which in turn will heat up your house. The hotter your house gets, the more your AC runs. Thus, absorptive roofing material can contribute to higher AC costs, and reflective metal roofing can help you to keep your utility bills in check.
Asphalt—An Absorbent Material
While it is true that asphalt will repel water, asphalt is not as repellent to the sun. The darker your asphalt roof is, the more UV rays it absorbs, and these UV rays heat up your asphalt. Asphalt shingles will not naturally keep solar heat out of your home. Instead, they will absorb heat from the sun and radiate heat into your house.
Metal—A Reflective Material
If you want to keep heat from entering your home through your roof, you need to find a material that will reflect solar rays away from your home. Metal is naturally reflective, but it will also retain what heat it does absorb. This heat can then seep into your home through the process of conduction. Thus, you want a material that will both reflect most heat away and emit what heat it does absorb back into the atmosphere. A metal roof coated with an emissive paint will prevent heat from entering your home.
Savings—What You Get for Your Money
A metal roof will cost more than an asphalt shingle roof, but it will help you to save up to 25% on your cooling costs. Metal roofs will last for sixty years or more, so you will also save money on replacement costs. Saving 25% on your cooling costs month after month for sixty years can really help you save a lot of money.
It is easy to get hung up on the installation cost of a roof, but a replacement and repair costs can really cut into your savings. Once you add in the increased cost for cooling your home, you are looking at a lot of money. A metal roof will help you to save money, so even if you don't like the look of a metal roof, or you feel like it costs too much money to install, you need to remember that it is better to save money over the long run than save a few bucks in the short run. Contact a roofing company like GRC Roofing Co. for more information.Share