Use The Roof On Your Home To Stay Cool

When the sun shines on your roof, it may raise the temperature in your home, which results in higher utility bills. Below are five ways you can cool your roof down so you can save some money.

Cover the Roof

You can replace the shingles on your roof with cool asphalt shingles. Cool asphalt shingles contain a granule coating that reflects the sun. This granule coating can be put on asphalt, metal, polymer, and wood shingles

If you do not want to change out the shingles, there is highly reflective paint that you can put on the roof. They also make sheet coverings and reflective tiles. You can purchase this roof paint and sheeting at most home supply stores. You can purchase reflective tiles from most roofing companies.

Use a Mist

Misting your roof with water to keep it cool is a less expensive option. The water cools your roof as it evaporates from the sun. You can use your garden hose to spray the roof down every sunny day. There are also cooling systems that you can purchase at home supply stores to do the job for you. The cooling system is placed on top of the roof, and the system has a sensor that measure your roof's temperature. When the temperature goes up, the system automatically sprays the roof with water. Installation of this system depends on the manufacturer you purchase it from.

Build a Garden

Another effective way to cool down a roof is by planting a roof top garden. This not only cools the roof, but you can grow vegetables to lower your grocery bill.

Some vegetables that work well for a roof top garden include:

  • Lettuce

  • Bush beans

  • Pole beans

  • Spinach

  • Tomatoes

  • Snow peas

  • Squash

  • Chard

You can also plant flowers on your garden roof to give it some color. Some flowers that work well include:

  • Salvia

  • Lavandula multifida

  • Astilbe 'Fanal',

  • Hemerocallis 'Anna Warner', Daylily

  • Juniperus squamata, 'Blue Star' Juniper

It is important that you water your plants and flowers twice a week for the first couple of weeks to help them get established. When watering them, hold the hose at the stem of the plant right on top of the soil so the water gets down to the roots where it is needed most. After this time, the only time you need to water the plants and flowers is if you get no rain. Most plants and flowers require at least one inch of rain per week.

Contact a roofing contractor like Emerald Roofing to help you cool down your roof. They may be able to tell you other ways you can cool your house.