While humans couldn’t possibly survive for that long without sunshine because we would freeze to death, and it would be tough to see where you’re going, sun rays that are too intense can represent another spanner in the works to pay attention to.
Now, we’re not saying that getting exposed to too much sun rays in your home can outright kill you (although it can happen under some unfortunate circumstances), but being exposed to harmful UV-laden sun rays can damage your skin and even lead to premature formation of wrinkles, and more ominously – skin cancer if you’ve been getting exposed to UV rays for a number of years without wearing some sort of protection.
Then there’s also the matter of comfort in your living quarters. Too much sunshine can mess up your light configuration in the room and make it warmer. The folks living in such beautiful but hot places as California, Northern Africa, and Australia will know exactly what we’re talking about.
In this article, we’re going to propose to you some ways in which you can protect your house from invasive sun rays, so to speak, so you can create a cool oasis for yourself and your family in your living room at all times. (And other rooms, too.)
Here’s the lot.
Fit a Reflective Membrane if You Have a Sloped Roof
Representing an excellent solution for sloped roofs, fitting a reflective membrane can save you a lot of trouble when it comes to your attic getting hotter and then the entire house getting hotter as a result.
The thing about reflective membranes is that it doesn’t work that well if you already have an asphalt roof or a shingle-based one, but if you don’t have any sort of heat protection and the roof is sloped – the reflective membrane would be one of the most cost-effective solutions out there.
Many folks living in the southern hemisphere where the temperatures are often impossible will probably have these anti-heat shingles already inbuilt when they bought the house. So, a reflective membrane may not be the best solution for an Aussie or Senegalese who already have heat protection built-in – and it’s not working that well. (In that case, getting solar panels or insulating the attic can be an interesting solution.)
While fitting one of these membranes may seem like a simple enough task, it can be quite demanding at times, so you may want to call in a bunch of pros to do this for you.
Install Solar Panels
Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
If you have the financial means to install solar panels on the side of your roof that’s most exposed to sunshine, this can be a great strategy to both create shade that will protect the attic and the rooms below from the extra heat and generate electricity you can use for whatever you want, including running the AC unit to further cool down the room.
In case you live in a climate that has all sorts of harsh weather conditions all year round on both sides of the hot ‘n’ cold spectrum, you may want to consider setting up an all-weather sort of roof that will withstand both rough hailstorms and scorching sun with the same degree of success.
One of the most popular solutions for this sort of all-weather arrangement would be slate. Since slate is a sort of specially-shaped rock, you can rest assured that it will be able to survive years and years of use and tough weather without you ever needed to replace it.
What’s more, slate roofs are typically considered to be in no need for a replacement for over 100 years from the moment you set it up. That said, this only applies if the slate roof is set up well, for which you would typically need professional help.
If you’re from Australia, for example, you can find slate roofing companies in Sydney, because this type of roof is fairly popular in the Land Down Under nowadays.
All in all, ensuring your household is protected properly against aggressive sun rays is an important part of providing a safe and healthy living environment for yourself and your family. The more you can control the amount of heat and sunshine that comes in your house, the easier time you will have fighting off heat during the hot summer months.