Summers in the city can be extremely hot and keeping cool in the hot weather has become increasingly important as more people migrate to urban areas. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the country’s urbanized area will double by 2100. That’s why it is important to find ways to combat this heat.
One promising approach has been the systematic replacement of dark roofing surfaces with white roofing, which could lower heat wave temperatures by 2 degrees Celsius or more. Read on as Dynamic Roofing Concepts Inc, a family-owned and -operated roofing company with more than 40 years of professional roofing experience, looks at how white roofs can help combat summer heat.
Painting building roofs white has been known to cool some major cities baking in the intensifying heat of a changing climate, but the actual benefits this radical change can bring will ultimately depend on the region of the country they’re installed in and the season.
The Bane of Urban Expansion
Urban expansion alone can lead to an increase in summer temperatures by up to 3.6°F. That said, metal roofing systems and white painted roofing shingles could help offset heat island-induced temperature increases, especially if deployed across the entire urban expansion area. In addition, mass adoption of white roofs can actually reduce some, though not all, greenhouse gas-related warming.
Cool roofs are basically roofs that reflect heat away, instead of absorbing it and transmitting it to the interior of a building. The benefits of cool roofs have been particularly prominent for several urban areas across the country. During the summer months, having a cool roof can reduce demand for air conditioning, which can save you money on energy bills.
Dynamic Roofing Concepts Inc. is the company to call for roofing solutions that help you combat summer heat and enjoy energy savings in the long run. We also handle roof repair and maintenance programs to increase the life expectancy of your roofing system. Call us today at (813) 257-9355 for a FREE estimate. We serve residents across Tampa, FL, and nearby areas.