Although most probably don’t think about it, the type of roof on your home plays an important part in your everyday life. Living in a South Florida climate, like Fort Myers, you are aware of just how hot your home can get. Unfortunately for you, the heat doesn’t just last one season; the temperatures in Fort Myers remain warm all year long. Air-conditioning is a wonderful invention that lets humanity be comfortable in such a warm environment. But it is also an expensive one. Cooling a house in South Florida can be a burden. Anything you could do as a homeowner to mitigate your electric bill would be welcome. Surprising to some, the type of roof your house has can directly affect your energy bill.
Types of Cooling Roofs
We have determined there are four different types of roofs that are ideal for a Fort Myers home. These roof types take into consideration the specific needs of having a home in a South Florida climate. Let’s take a look...
The first type of roofing material we suggest is clay tiles. It is fairly well-known that a light-colored roof is better at keeping a house cool than darker-colored tiles. Not only are clay tiles some of the lightest roofing options we offer, their arched shape lets the air move more freely across your roof. Not trapping the warm air will help keep your house cool. Clay tiles also come in a large selection of colors, so they fit any design aesthetic. Finally, they are bug-resistant and will not rot or burn, meaning they will last for quite a long time.
Laminated fiberglass shingles are great for those looking to replace a roof on a budget. They are affordable and also come in a wide-variety of colors to suit any design. Although they are darker in nature, so they don’t block heat as well, they are also durable and low maintenance, meaning once you install this roof, you won’t have to worry about it again for many years.
Many people may not immediately think metal roofs would be ideal for the heat of Fort Myers. However, instead of retaining heat, metal roofs actually reflect the heat, making them the type of roof that cools quickest when the sun goes down. Although they do cost more than any other roofing type listed here, they will save you the most money in energy costs. They can also be made to look like other types of roofs, such as tiles or shingles. Finally, metal roofs are lightweight and durable, and can be installed over existing roofs, if the goal is to reduce your energy bill as much as possible.
Concrete tile roofs are the most common roof found in South Florida construction. The tiles are durable and long-lasting, and can also mimic a variety of other roof types. However, they are not nearly as effective as clay or metal roofs at reducing the amount of heat your home will retain.
Hiring A Contractor
Getting a new roof is a lot of work, but it will help you out in the long run. No matter what roof you install, you will notice a difference in your cooling costs. A good roof is important in the climate of Fort Myers. Not only will our roofs affect your energy bill, they will also protect your house against the damage of summer storms.
If you are ready to get a new roof on your home, do not hesitate to contact us by either filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (239) 694-1056. We look forward to hearing from you!