The hot summers in Texas can eat through your heating and cooling budget quickly. As the sun beats down on your roof, heating it, the inside of your house gets hotter. This makes the air conditioner run more frequently, using more fuel and raising your bill. This means having an energy efficient roof is the key to keeping within your budget. Here are a few options for roofing in Texas.
A cool roof is comprised of three parts. A roofing contractor will fit your current roof with a material designed to reflect the heat. This could be a reflective paint, a sheet of reflective material, or reflective shingles. They will add a waterproofing layer to that and then add a radiant barrier. The radiant barrier blocks the heat to the roof, preventing almost all of it from radiating through the substructure of the roof and into your home.
A green roof is a good option for homes with a flat or very low-sloped roof. A thick, waterproof sheet is placed on the roof and then covered with a few inches of a growing medium. A sprinkler system may be installed and hardy ground cover plants are then planted in the medium. The plants provide insulation and keep a heat island from forming. You may elect to go with different plants if you want to use the area as a garden. It is possible to grow your vegetables on the roof. However, you will need to plant some type of ground cover if the area will not stay warm enough for vegetables year-round.
A very good option for keeping your home cool in the summer is to have a white, rubber roof painted over your existing roof. This material will seal and protect the roof while reflecting the sun. It can be applied over metal or wood roofs, and can be used on top of shingles if they are new and not brittle yet.
Keeping your home comfortable in the summer requires more than turning on the air conditioner. If you do not take care of the way the heat comes into the house, your air conditioner will end up breaking down. One stop to keeping the cool air in and the hot air out is to have energy efficient roofing. Contact a roofing company such as The Patio Cover Guy and ask to have your roof inspected. The technician will be able to give you even more options for what you can do to stay within your cooling budget.