Does a Metal Roof Retain Heat?

Does a Metal Roof Retain Heat?

When you are choosing roofing options for your home and a metal roof is one of your considerations, one question quickly surfaces: Won’t a metal roof retain heat?

It is natural for homeowners to think a metal roof will retain heat more than other options because metal is a great heat conductor. What you might not know is that all other roofing materials absorb heat at approximately the same rate as metal roofs. That includes such slate, ceramic, and asphalt roofs. 

When it comes to heat absorption, factors other than the roofing material must be considered. Color plays a huge part in heat absorption and retention. Darker shades of shingles tend to absorb and retain heat more readily than lighter-colored roofs.

Another factor you need to consider is the entire composition of the roof itself. The concern with heat absorption and retention has something to do with the notion that this will make a house hotter than it should be. If your roof is on top of an attic that is well insulated and well ventilated, you can rest assured that the heat on your roof won’t be radiated into the rooms below.

Heat Retention and Metal Roofs

Absorbing heat and retaining heat are two different things. When your roof is directly exposed to the sun, no matter what material you use, it will heat up. What you should be more concerned about is how long your roof will retain this heat.

Roofs that are made with heavier materials, such as ceramic and slate, will retain heat longer than roofs that are made with lighter materials such as metal. This means that metal roofs release heat faster than other types once the sun is no longer beating directly down on it.

If you are thinking of having a metal roof installed on your home in Dallas-Fort Worth & all of Texas, or are thinking of replacing your old roofing with metal roofing, the company you should call is Metal Roofs of Texas. We have a wide selection of metal roofs for you to choose from. We also do roofing maintenance and roofing inspections for those who need them.

To find out how you can improve your home with metal roofing and how we can help you, contact us today at 817-241-2126 and schedule a free estimate for your home.