Sugar Land Roofing: Article About Radiant Barriers and Overlays

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A warm, humid climate can pose a challenge for homeowners. A Sugar Land roofing contractor will inform homeowners of their options when they want a cooler home throughout the year. It might surprise homeowners to know that they can prevent heat from entering their homes simply by making slight alterations to their existing roof system. Insulation is not only useful for walls. The roof has far more area that is vulnerable to sunlight and the ambient heat of the atmosphere. Roof coatings prevent the direct sun and ambient heat from entering the home. These barriers coat the roof's surface with cool roof products or work underneath the roof to protect the home from any remaining heat that is transferred.

Roof coatings lessen heat absorption on the surface area of the roof. By preventing the roof from absorbing the heat into the building, temperatures inside the home will be cooler and the space will require less air conditioning.

Tile roofs can be directly coated with a variety of materials, such as foams, elastomeric sealants or ceramic based paints. Homeowners can also choose among environmentally friendly products that use recycled cooking oil as a thermal barrier.

Roofers from Houston Restoration Services of Sugar Land TX can answer any question about storm damage or residential roofing.

For felt and asphalt roofs, a technique called Built Up Roofing (BUR) can be used to apply cool roof coating. The BUR technique is not new, and it has been in use for more than a century. A BUR system is composed of alternating layers of reinforcing fabrics with bitumen to create a membrane that covers the roof. The number of plies used to describe the BUR refers to the number of layers used in its construction. Therefore, a four ply membrane consists of four layers of bitumen and fabric.

Homeowners also have the option of using specialized underpinning, or a system installed below the roof called a radiant barrier. It's possible to install a reflective material such as an aluminum barrier or even a special spray in this spot. The underpinning is installed in the space between the interior of the home and the roof, usually in the attic.

The radiant barrier keeps any heat that makes it through the outer barrier from entering the home's interior. The cost of the radiant barrier varies, but is usually recouped by the savings in energy costs.

By using both the cool roof and underpinning technologies, contractors can help homeowners maximize their energy savings. Homeowners, with the help of a reliable roofing company, can decide on the most effective and efficient techniques to use for any home.

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