If you turn on the local weather report, you’re likely to notice a strange trend. Temperatures in cities are often a few degrees higher than in rural areas. This discrepancy in temperature is the result of a bizarre phenomenon called the urban heat island effect.
Heat islands can negatively affect communities. However, choosing the right materials can help you mitigate this phenomenon.
Turning Cities Into Heat Islands
As the name suggests, the effect turns cities into heat islands. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), temperatures in U.S. cities may exceed their surrounding areas by as much as 10 degrees.
It has been proven that cool roofs help to reduce heat islands as compared to regular asphalt roofing. Cool roofs provide shade, remove heat from the air and lower rooftop and surrounding air temperatures. The heat island effect can be moderated, especially during the day, by using cool roofs in cities or other built-up environments with limited vegetation.
A Cool Roof Helps
Overall, a cool roof not only prevents the roof of the building from absorbing heat, but also cools the air around it, which, to some extent, offsets the urban heat island effect. To reduce their dependence on energy consumption, many sustainable buildings use these kinds of roofs.
One of the simplest cool roofs you can install over your home or business is a metal roofing system. Call us now at (855) 588-6610 to learn more.