Because a roof is more than just a roof.
You know what the roof over your head is, right? It protects you and everything under it from the elements. And it’s what makes your shelter a shelter. But have you ever looked at your roof as more than simply just a roof? Your roof is a system of protection. And it’s also an investment.
Let’s take a look at some of the important factors to consider when it comes to buying a new roof:
Protection from the Elements
The design for a roofing system should focus on the climate of where you live. Was your roof designed to withstand existing in a hurricane-prone area? How well does it stand up to the elements like wind, rain, heat and cold? Common roofing materials used in hot, humid climates like Florida include shingles, metal and tiles.
Moisture damage is also a big factor to consider when buying a new roof. You know it rains a lot in Florida. And you know water damage is a serious concern for homeowners in the Sunshine State. From condensation prevention to moisture barriers and drainage, there’s a lot to consider to protect your investment.
More than Just Materials
The exterior roofing material is what primarily protects your home from damage. And roofing materials for Florida homes must meet the standards set forth by the Florida Building Code. In other words, any roof built for a Florida home must be built up to code, and pass permitting and inspection requirements.
The materials used to build a roof can crack, expand, shift or distort over time with exposure to the elements such as high temperatures, rain, sunlight and wind. And there are many layers and components put in place to provide additional protection. These include trusses, rafters, gutters, drains and sheathing to protect it from all sorts of elemental damage.
There’s simplicity and complexity involved in building a roof. And the effectiveness of the design is dependent on complete investment protection. Intelligent design and proper material selections are the key to providing an effective and long-lasting roofing system. While simple roof designs require less maintenance and cost less to repair, more complex designs such as roofs with skylights, high ceilings or chimneys may cost more and require more attention.
Treat it as an Investment
Cost is usually the main factor for most people when it comes to buying a new roof. What people usually consider first are the upfront costs. But it’s the long-term energy savings that may be overlooked when buying a new roof. Modern roofs are built with energy efficiency in mind. So while choosing materials that may cost less at face value might seem like the better option, a homeowner must consider the longevity of these materials and how effective they will be at protecting their home.
On the other hand, choosing more expensive materials can yield immediate long-term savings such as lower utility bills and possibly even lower insurance rates. Other important factors to consider are better protection from storm damage, as well as the lifespan of the roof. When buying a new roof, you should also consider fire resistance; exposure to sunlight; amount of annual rainfall; high-wind risks; growth of moss and algae; etc.
Consider Energy Efficiency
We now have in the roofing business something called a “cool roof”. And no, that doesn’t refer to a roof that looks cool! It’s a term used to describe a roof that provides energy efficiency through solar reflectance. What that means is a roof’s ability to reflect sunlight and heat away from a building.
Building a cool roof requires using products that are made of highly reflective materials that stay cooler than traditional materials during hot weather. The energy savings these materials can yield depend highly on the solar reflectance they provide. Factors that determine the material’s solar reflectance include composition and color. For example, lighter colored materials tend to have a better solar reflectance than darker materials. However, advances in technology are providing exceptions where darker-colored materials are just as effective as lighter-colored materials.
A cool color painted metal roof will reduce heat gain more effectively than an unpainted metal roof. You should always consult with a roofing professional to determine how to choose a more cost-efficient cool roof. And like many other home improvement products available today, roofing materials also come with the ENERGY STAR® labels to help determine energy efficiency.
Saving money with solar reflectance includes a roof’s ability to keep your building cooler and reducing your air conditioning bills. A cool roof transfers less heat to the building it protects. And their popularity has increased over the years in a climate as hot as the Sunshine State!
To learn more about how you may qualify as a Florida homeowner to get a new roof at no upfront costs, call us at 1-844-722-3374 today!