Summer is fast-approaching! If you’re here in the Philippines, you probably know how hot this season can get. It’s a great time to go to the beach, right? But with the current travel restrictions, you’ll most likely spend most of your time at home, which isn’t so bad. That’s until you realize how hot it is inside your house! If you have proper air conditioning, then good for you. But did you know that there’s another way to make your home summer-ready? With the right roof above your head, you don’t have to suffer from the scorching heat of the summer sun. Here are some of the most ideal types of roofing in the Philippines to help you beat the summer heat.
Made of stone, a slate roof can withstand extreme weather conditions, so it’s perfect not only for the summer but also for the rainy season. A light-colored slate roof can deflect the sun’s rays, helping your home stay cooler. Slate roofs are also fireproof. With fire being a danger during the summer season, roofs made of slate are great choice for heat wave hazard prone areas such as the Philippines. Slate roofs are also known for their durability. With proper maintenance, they can last for more than a century. Yes, for more than 100 years. Because of this, it has been a popular roofing material since the 17th century in the United States.
If you’re planning to use this as your roofing material, set your budget right for it might entail a quite hefty price.
The terracotta roof is another option for homes in tropical countries as it provides great weather resistance. In fact, ancient houses that were built centuries ago still stand today, thanks to their terracotta roofing. Terracotta roofs get their weather-resistance from the process it undergoes. It is “baked” at a very high temperature, that’s why its literal meaning in the late-medieval Italian language is “cooked earth.” Aside from the material and process used to create them, their curves allow air to flow below their surface, preventing the roof from storing too much heat which keeps homes cooler. Terracotta roofs started their popularity in Spain and Italy. Spanish settlers brought the material with them to Mexico, and then its use spread to Southwest America, where the weather can really get hot. Terracotta roofs also have a very distinct design that can make any home look great, so they are one of the most desired roof materials. However, just like slate roofs, they can be quite expensive.
Concrete Roof Tiles
An affordable alternative to slate or terracotta roofs is concrete roof tiles. Concrete roof tiles are available in curved shapes, similar to terracotta roofs, providing a design that allows homes to feel cooler during the summer. They are thick, so they absorb heat slowly, making it take a while for the heat to enter your home. In addition, concrete roof tiles in the Philippines come in various colors, but light-colored ones are recommended for deflecting the sun’s heat. They are also known for being durable and fire-resistant. If you’re thinking of having concrete roofs, be sure that your home can support them, as the material can be quite heavy.
Metal roofs are also recommended for homes in areas with hot climates. What’s good about metal roofs is that they can be painted any color, and color has an effect on the cooling properties of the roof. White-colored roofs are great for reflecting the sun’s heat. If you haven’t repainted your roof in a while, you may want to do so just in time for the summer season. Or better yet, replace them with prepainted roofs from Union Galvasteel Corporation, a roofing Philippines company. Prepainted roofs are metal roofing that has already been painted by the manufacturer, saving you time and money as you no longer have to do the back-breaking task of painting them yourself or hiring a third-party to do the job. Our Durarib or Duratile roofs, for example, are available in Red, Green, Brown, Beige, Blue, White, Teracotta Orange, Fire Red. Special colors are also available but with terms and conditions applied, so you’ll surely have the color that will match your taste. As for the durability, you have nothing to worry about as they are made from sturdy materials that can withstand extreme weather conditions, guaranteed to last for a long time especially with proper maintenance. They are also cheaper than slate and terracotta roofs.
Another metal roofing option for you is insulated panel. An insulated roofing panel is composed of two component materials functioning as insulators. The insulation it provides protects your home from the sun’s rays, thus keeping the inside of your home cool during the summer season. Union Galvasteel has PU roofing panels as part of our Duratherm line. These panels are Prepainted Metallic Coated Steel, in color such as our PU White – Food Grade , that has USDA approved coating and with a Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of 72. SRI is an indicator of how hot materials can get when exposed to sunlight. The higher the SRI, the less likely it gets hot.
Know the different types of roofing insulation by reading this article: What Are the Types of Roofing Insulation?
If you want summer-ready roofs, go for sturdy, attractive, and cost-efficient pre-painted roofing materials from Union Galvasteel Corporation. We are the market leader in the manufacturing and distribution of pre-painted and other galvanized roofing and galvanized steel building products in the Philippines. If you need any of our products, we are easy to find, as we have the largest and most diversified distribution network in the industry. We have warehouses and sales offices in strategic locations throughout the country. Get in touch with us via our website or call these numbers for assistance: (02) 8520-8822-23; 8520-8831; (049) 545-0084 to 86 or 09175033965 (Globe) and 09190032303 (Smart).