Resiliency and sustainability are two terms you’ll often hear when discussing green buildings, but one less-discussed topic is adaptation. In this blog, storm damage restoration contractor Affordable Roofing Systems takes an in-depth look at what adaptation is, and why it pays to consider it when getting a new roof.
What Is Adaptation?
Adaptation, in building terms, refers to a building’s adaptability to changes in the environment. For example, homes located in flood-prone areas can be adapted by raising them several feet above ground level. There are three different scales of building adaptation that can be carried out.
Small Scale Adaptation — This includes minor upgrades and extensions, without change to the actual structure. Exterior repainting, tile installation, and roof replacement that uses the same decking and structure fall under this category.
Medium Scale Adaptation — This brings substantial change to a structure. This includes upgrading to a different exterior material (asphalt shingles to slate or vinyl to fiber cement siding), or installing a new HVAC system. Roof repairs that address structural issues can likewise be considered medium scale.
Large Scale Adaptation — This includes drastic changes to a building, such as building restoration, and are considered large scale adaptations. In terms of roofing, it can mean switching from sloped to flat roof or vice versa.
Why You Should Consider Adaptation
Adaptation is an important consideration when you live in an area where extreme conditions are not exactly rare: extremely hot summers, high winds, and, for coastal homes, hurricanes. Adapting the house to the local climate can help reduce potential damage, among other things. Reflective roofing, or “cool roofing,” is a well-known small-to-medium scale adaptation that should be considered by every homeowner living in mostly sunny states like Florida. Cool roofs reflect a significant amount of sunlight, which includes solar heat and UV rays.
While a common solution is to simply choose a white or a bare metal roof, it doesn’t always look good in every home style. Fortunately, products like GAF Timberline® Cool Series® Roofing Shingles feature a wide variety of roofing colors and reflective properties. The less heat absorbed through the roof, the lower the indoor cooling requirements will be, resulting in lower energy bills.
Affordable Roofing Systems is your leading provider of roofing services, including hail damage repair. Give us a call at (813) 400-2515 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Brandon, Tampa and Largo, FL.