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Heat Making Your Roof And Attic Unbearably Hot? Cool Them Off With These 3 Tips

If you spend every summer struggling to stay cool, even with the air conditioner running at full force, take steps to make your roof and attic cooler. A hot roof and attic can make your home feel hotter in the summer, especially if they're damaged in places and need repairs. In addition, the substrate and underlayment can have numerous imperfections, such as holes and water damage, that encourage heat to build up in the attic or ceiling. Stop sweating bullets and cool your roof off with these three tips.

Install a Lighter Colored Roof or Cool Roof

If your current roofing system consists of dark asphalt shingles, have your roofing contractor replace them with beige, white or some other lightly colored shingles instead. Dark roofs retain heat longer than light roofs, so it's better to install a cool roof.

Heat builds up inside your attic during the summer, which slowly travels down to the rest of your home. No matter how long or low you run your AC, it takes the cooling system longer to remove the heat than necessary.

Your cool roof reflects or pushes away the majority of the sun's heat. Although some heat does enter your attic, it won't disrupt the comfort of your home. 

Your roofing contractor offers cool roofing systems that feature many new and advanced functions. For instance, some cool roofing systems protect your home from bacteria, mold and mildew. The systems have special additives in the shingles that activate once these contaminants grow on them. Your roof looks cleaner, stronger, healthier, and more attractive because of this feature. 

If you want to learn more about cool roofing, contact your contractor right away.

Place Foam Board Insulation on the Substrate

A damaged substrate can also increase the heat inside your attic and home. Substrate describes the wooden frame or structure that supports your roof. Sometimes, rodents and wood boring insects eat through the substrate. The damage creates weak spots and holes, which both allow heat to seep into your attic. 

Once heat enters your attic, it eventually rises until it coats or permeates the roof. Rainwater can also soak through the substrate. When it cools off at night, the moisture from the rainwater mixes with the attic's heat to create humidity.

Even if your roof doesn't show or have any signs of damage, such as lifting or missing shingles, the humidity and heat can lead to these problems later. It's important that you have your roofing contractors place foam board insulation on the substrate to repair and seal it. 

Foam board insulation keeps heat out of the home during the summer and prevents heat from escaping in the winter. Foam board also strengthens your weakened substrate by preventing rodents and insects from eating through it. With these unique features, you benefit from your foam board insulation all year round.

Repair the Roof's Underlayment

A wet, damaged or moldy underlayment can also affect the temperatures inside your attic and roof. The underlayment covers the roof's substrate. It's made of a thick plastic, sturdy felt or rubber material. If rainwater destroys the underlayment, it stops protecting your home and heat collects inside the attic and beneath your roof's shingles. 

A damaged underlayment can create bubbles, soft spots and lifting in your roof's shingles. Your roof may feel unbearably hot when you attempt to walk on it to repair the destroyed shingles.

The best option for you is to schedule an inspection of the roof's underlayment and have it repaired immediately. 

Now that you know how to keep your roof, attic and home cool in the summer, call and make an appointment with your roofing contractors today.