Your roof is the largest area of your home that is exposed to sunlight. Depending on the material it is made from, it could make a huge impact on how your home is heated up in the summer.
The best material to use for keeping your home from heating up is something called cool roofing.
These are materials that are especially designed to reflect the heat from the sun away from your home.
It is possible to apply a membrane to your existing roof that will do the job, or you could buy the cool roofing material directly and either replace your existing roof or include it in a new build.
While being a more expensive material, it does usually last longer than other materials since it doesn’t expand and contract from the changing temperatures, something known as thermal cycling.
Some utility companies will even offer an incentive for you to install a cool roof, and this could offset the added cost that a cool roof installation incurs.