August 26, 2022 | Filed under: Buying a New Roof,Energy Efficiency,Research,Resiliency,Storm Protection,Sustainability

Recent floods are an example of how our Kentucky climate has gone to extremes in the last few years, as along with rising rivers and flash floods, record heat continues to affect us.

Extreme Weather: Water

Torrential rains frequent our area, compromising homes and all they contain. This short read shares lessons learned in 2021 about preparing your roof for the next extreme weather disaster. We hope you find it helpful. 

Extreme Weather: Metal Roofing and Heat

Home heating and cooling have become crucial globally; solutions that work together to move towards an energy-efficient home are increasingly valuable. 

One change many homeowners should consider is switching out their existing roof for a metal roof. 

Our metal roofs employ heat-reflective coatings that lower inside temps and reduce needed effort from heating and cooling systems. This effect is so drastic that it can reduce energy bills by up to 20%. 

Solar Reflectance and Heat

Solar Reflectance and Solar Reflectance Index measurements consider the amount of solar heat reflected from a roof and offer a way to compare different colors, coatings, and styles to see what fits your home best. these values are critical to understanding your roof’s performance in the heat. 

For reference, SRI places your roof on a spectrum between pure white and pure black. This sets white at 1 SRI and black at 0 SRI. While white reflects nearly all heat and sunlight, black absorbs almost all of both. o matter the color of your roof, it will fall somewhere between the two. generally speaking, the lighter the roof color, the better it will reflect heat and the closer the SRI to 1. The darker the color, the more it will absorb heat and the closer the SRI to 0.

While color plays a part in this value, material and coatings play a significant role too. Asphalt tends to soak up heat, like a hot summer driveway or leather seats in a car. Metal would absorb heat, but with the proper coating, it can reflect much of it. These coatings take advantage of evolving technology to provide heat reflectivity and durability.

We manufacture all Classic Metal Roofs using the premier coating for metal roofing products, PVDF. sometimes referred to as Kynar, PVDF offers superior durability and heat reflectivity compared to other coatings. Especially when dealing with high UV exposure, PVDF outperforms polyester coatings and retains its color for much longer.

As temperatures climb, the sun can damage your roof and increase your home’s cooling load. Investing in a Classic metal roof with a PVDF coating improves your home’s energy efficiency and will stay beautiful for years.

How Does a Classic Metal Roofing System Handle Extreme Weather?

  1. Concealed fasteners and the strength of interlocking panels protect your Kentucky home from torrential rains and high winds.
  2. Proper installation with improved attic ventilation brings healthier air and temperatures to the inside of your home.
  3. Our color selection and PVDF finishes help reflect tsun’sn’s heat while reducing summer energy usage.
  4. The entire roofing system stays beautiful for years.

Still not sure? See how a Classic Metal Roof looks in the color of your choice on your home with our Product Visualizer.

We’re here to answer any questions about replacing your roof with one that’s right for you, your location, and your situation. Contact our friendly Customer Service team by sending an email today.