If you are in the market for a new home and you want the perfect abode to raise your family, then it may be wise to work with a home builder who can create the dream home for you. If you want your home built in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Dallas, Miami, Orlando, Memphis or another city that regularly sees summer temperatures in the 80s and 90s, then you should make sure that your home is one that is built to reduce heat gain. Keep reading to learn about a few essential things that you should discuss with your home builder to make sure your house is a cool home.
Choose The Right Insulation
One of the easiest ways to ensure that your home remains cool in the summer is to make sure that hot air cannot enter through small openings in the walls. To keep the house cool, choose a material that will fully insulate all of the areas of your home. For the best insulation, pick a material with a high R-value. This value indicates the ability of the material to resist the flow of heat. The higher the value, the better the material is at insulating your home. The material with the highest R-value is solid foam. Most types of this foam have an R-value between 3.6 and 8.0 per inch. Of all the foams that are available, polyisocyanurate and polyurethane have the highest R-values that range up to 8.0.
Polyisocyanurate and polyurethane foam both work best when installed in between the studs of the walls. This makes them a perfect choice if you are working with a home builder. Both the foams are likely to be quite a bit more expensive than traditional types of insulation like fiberglass and cotton batting. However, it can substantially reduce your cooling costs. The foam materials are closed-cell foams that are more dense than open-cell varieties like polystyrene. This helps with the insulating properties of the foam. However, if you are trying to reduce your costs, then open-cell polystyrene is also a good insulation choice.
Make sure you speak with your home builder about the use of solid foam insulation before home building begins, so sheets of the material can be slipped into the walls well before drywall is secured.
Pick Out A Cool Roof
The roof you choose during the planning and building process is one of the most important decisions you can make when it comes to reducing thermal heat transfer into your home. When picking out a roof, you will want a cool roof. A cool roof is one with a high solar reflectance and also a high thermal emittance. High solar reflectance means that the material reflects the sun's UV rays so the roof stays cooler during the summer months. Thermal emittance refers to the roof's ability to reflect infrared light. In general, roofs that have a steep slope are more able to resist thermal heat transfer. Speak with your home builder about a steep sloping roof as your home is being designed.
You will also want to opt for a steel roof in a light color once the pitch and roof style is worked out. These roofs will offer the best solar reflectance. If you do not like the look of a traditional steel roof, then choose one that is textured. Steel roofing panels that look like stone, asphalt, or cedar shingles are all available to give your home a more natural look and feel.
If you want a new home built in a warm area of the country, then it is wise to work with a home builder, such as those at Lacrosse Homes, who can help you pick out materials that will keep your home cool. Proper insulation and roofing materials can help to keep the home cool, and your home builder will likely have some other home material choices that you can consider.