With all the uncharacteristically cold weather we’ve had the past few weeks, let’s think some warm thoughts. In spite of the recent snow, sleet and ice, we actually do live in a pretty warm climate. Starting in a month or so, all the way until Tiger Stadium is full again, we’ll be living in a pretty hot part of the country. Understanding the type of climate and the elements that our roofs face allows us to make the best decisions about the materials and methods to use for the most efficiency and protection for our homes.
Just as homes in the north are equipped to handle long periods of subfreezing temperatures and large accumulations of snow and ice, our homes need to be able to withstand rainfall, wind, humidity and high temperatures for a majority of the year. Your roof should not only protect your home from the elements, it should also be able to help your home be energy efficient. Anything that can lower that air conditioning bill in the summer will be welcome.
For warmer climates, shingles that are lighter in color will reflect light and defer the sun’s heat away from your home. If you are relegated to a certain color by your home owner’s association or other factors, you can get darker shingles that have flecks of white that help to reflect heat away. Heavier shingles are also ideal for your Baton Rouge roof. As the thunderstorms roll through in the spring and summer, and the unfortunate tropical storm or hurricane, these heavier shingles can maintain their integrity better than lighter shingles. These heavy shingles also tend to last longer in warmer climates as well.
Cribbs Incorporated has been caring for Baton Rouge homes and roofs for over 50 years. Using a trusted roofing contractor and supplier in Baton Rouge can give you the peace of mind you deserve when it comes to the biggest element of your most valuable asset.