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Why You Should Heat Proof Your Roof

As one of Queensland’s leading roof companies, we know why you should heat proof your roof, but not many of our customers understand the benefits. In this article we explain the many benefits of heat proofing your roof, especially if you live in a warmer climate.

Did you know that your roof is the best defence again the outside climates! ‘A low-efficient, poorly insulated roof can let in too much heat in the summer, leaving you with huge air conditioning bills.’ (How Stuff Works)

Taking the steps now to make your roof more energy efficient can save you a lot on energy bills in the long run, which is important with the ever-increasing cost of energy.

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So, what can you do as a home owner to make your roof more efficient

The first, and best defence available to you is a roof coating with a high solar reflectance. Brisbane Roofing Solutions chooses to use and recommend Globalcote Infracote Heat Reflective Coating as it’s heat reflective coating of choice. It works by targeting the invisible infrared portion of the sun’s radiation which means coated surfaces stay cooler and last longer than a coating that absorbs it.

Lighter roof colours reflect heat better than darker roof colours

Now, not all colours reflect heat in the same way. Lighter colours tend to reflect heat better than darker colours, whether you’re using heat reflective coatings or not.  So, how can you tell how much benefit you will get out of choosing a heat reflective coating? An effective method to measure a coatings reflective capability is to measure its Total Solar Reflectance (TSR). The higher the percentage, the more effective the roof coating is at reflecting the sun’s radiation.  As you can see in the table, each colour has varying levels of solar reflectance, with the lightest colours having the greatest reflectance.

total solar reflectance table

Heat Reflective Coatings May Lead To Less Maintenance

Heat reflective coatings may also lead to less maintenance down the track as the usual wear and tear caused by sun’s radiation over time is reduced. Meaning that the life of the roof may be prolonged, reducing the need for replacement in the future (and creating less waste).

However, if you do decide to go with a heat reflective coating for your roof restoration, then we do recommend regular cleaning of your roof. This is because maintaining solar reflectance is directly related to the surface remaining clean. Therefore, in order to get the most benefit out of your heat reflective coating, it is essential to keep the surface as clean as possible.

 

NYC Cool Roofs Initiative

Not only can heat reflective coatings help keep your home cooler and reduce energy bills, but it could be contributing to reducing heat at a larger scale. In the US particularly, we are seeing a large push towards light coloured heat reflective coatings. This is because of the ‘Urban Heat Island’ effect where we are seeing temperatures in cities rising higher than that of surround rural areas. There is one initiative in place in NYC called ‘NYC Cool Roofs’, in which they have coated more than 5 million square feet of rooftops in white heat reflective coating  s throughout the city since 2009. They expect this initiative to save $135 million per year in electrical bills by 2035. (Read more at EESI)

 

Heat Proof Your Roof

As you can see, heat reflective coatings can not only provide benefits on a person level to you by cooling your home, reducing energy bills & prolonging the life of your roof but may also contribute on a larger scale to reducing the ‘Urban Heat Island’ effect. Is heat proofing your roof worth it? Absolutely!

Tracey Munn
Tracey Munn
23:49 15 Nov 17
We have just had our tile roof restored by Brisbane Roofing Solutions. They guys did such an amazing job, our roof was in need of repair and upgrading, it looks like a brand new tile roof! Thanks so much to Jim and the team :)
clinton smith
clinton smith
09:56 23 Nov 17
The team of Brisbane Roofing Solutions did a wonderful job for our house. They were the consummate professionals in all areas of concern. They completed the project in four days. They were meticulous and left the job site in immaculate condition
Mason Sizer
Mason Sizer
11:02 05 Dec 17
I am very impressed with the work Brisbane roofing solutions did for my house. The best part is they have completed the task within the prescribed time and budget. Thank You so much!
Nolene Wood
Nolene Wood
09:52 16 Nov 17
Brisbane Roofing Solutions would have to be one of the most efficient, professional, respectful team of business people that delivers on quality and reliability. They get my vote in all areas of their business and if you choose them to restore your roof you have backed a winner. Well done!
John Chew
John Chew
15:50 28 Nov 17
Brisbane Roofing Solutions did a great job. I am really happy with roof restoration services. Friendly and genuine team that didn’t add any surprise cost at the end. I will definitely recommend to all.
Brown Jones
Brown Jones
05:22 14 Dec 17
I am very happy with the services. From the start to finish, everything was informed clearly. The best part is that they provided quality services at very reasonable cost. I would recommend Brisbane Roofing Solutions to all.
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