Arizona is no stranger to scorching summers. Depending on your location, temperatures can reach 120 degrees and can stay in the 100s for days. With these extremely high temperatures, it can be a challenge to keep your building cool. Having a metal roof could be the solution to living comfortably. Metal roofing is highly reflective, which means heat is reflected away from the building to keep it cooler, as opposed to other roofing materials that absorb the heat. The small thermal mass of metal allows it to reflect away heat so less heat is transferred to the inside of your building. You can also add pigmentation to metal roofing to help emit up to 90% of the absorbed heat. Choose a metal roofing system with built-in airspace between the underlayment and the metal panel. This insulation prevents heat transmission and the underlying material can absorb the heat instead of your building.
Keeping Metal Roof Cool
Metal is known to react with heat, so how does it help keep your building cool?
- It bounces back sunlight: Metal absorbs heat but is also reflective. Sunlight and heat can be reflected away. Even if the metal roof feels hot to touch, the heat will not be transferred to the building.
- It is energy-efficient: With heat being reflected away, less heat will enter your building. The air inside will be cooler which means you do not need to run the air conditioning units all day. A metal roof can save energy by up to 40%.
- It is cost effective: The more your air conditioner works, the more money you’ll spend. An air conditioner working overtime will also wear out more quickly and replacing or repairing it can be costly. Metal roofing gives the air conditioner and your pocket a break.
Best Kind of Metal Roof
Take time to research the many different metals and paints that have reflective properties to help keep your building cool and save money. Evaluate durability, strength, and cost. We have several options for metal roofing and can help you find the right fit. Many manufacturers now have cool metal roof technology where the solar reflectance is high and emittance is low. The surface quality is very important. This determines how well the roof will cool. Light color roofing is also better at reflecting heat away.
We can help you find the roofing solution to keep your building cool and energy costs down. Reach out to us today for an inspection and our skilled roofers can help you get the high-quality roofing you need for cool living.