We know all too well that it gets unbearably hot in your attic during the summer months; sometimes, dangerously so. We also know that it is important to keep your attic properly ventilated to help abate that heat. Attic fans and whirly birds both play a vital role in keeping the temperature down. But, they aren’t the only things that can be helpful in fighting the heat. Your roof itself can be a tool in this battle. While they are known more for their durability and unique aesthetic appeal, a metal roof can help you through a Baton Rouge summer as well.
Metal roofs reflect heat
Metal roofs reflect most of the radiation of the sun that hits your roof. Rather than absorbing it into the attic, a metal roof, actually sends heat back into the air. What’s more, the heat that it does absorb, dissipates faster than with other roofing materials. This means that rather than staying hot after the sun goes down, a metal roof begins cooling to start the next day at a lower temperature.
Reflecting this heat leads to a cooler attic. No Louisiana attic will ever be “cool” in the summertime, but with a metal roof, it will certainly be cooler. Having a cooler attic leads to other benefits. The biggest of these is lower energy bills. The hotter your attic is, the harder it is to maintain cooler temperatures inside your home. When your attic is cooler, your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard, or as long, to cool your house. This means you are using less energy, keeping that bill from skyrocketing all summer long.
Another benefit of a metal roof during summer months in Baton Rouge, is a reduction in moisture in your attic. Since most of the heat is reflected instead of absorbed, humidity stays lower as well. With lower humidity, and proper ventilation, there is less moisture. With less moisture, there is a lower chance of mildew or mold forming or growing in your attic.
While a metal roof isn’t normally the first option considered for a residence, these particular benefits make them ideal for Louisiana heat. Metal roofs require little to no maintenance, have a look all their own, and have a life span of more than fifty years. When you add the benefit of lower energy bills, their appeal in Baton Rouge (if you’ll pardon the pun) goes through the roof. If you have any questions about metal roofs, contact our team of experts at Cribbs Inc. and we will be happy to answer them for you.