The Impact of Roofs on Natural Light in Homes

Over the years, homeowners have noticed that natural light plays an important role in their level of happiness. With baby boomers retiring and more people working from home, natural light has never been more important than it is today.

When optimizing for natural light, many homeowners focus exclusively on their windows and blinds. However, your roof has a much more significant impact on available light than you might think. This article will discuss how your roof affects the natural light inside your home.

Roof Maintenance

Maintaining your roof is the easiest way to optimize for natural light. Roofs can accumulate debris, moss, algae, and dirt without regular maintenance. You may not realize it, but most properly maintained roofs reflect sunlight into the home. If a layer of debris covers your roof, you are likely missing out on some additional light.

Light Reflective Roofing Materials

If you are putting on a new roof, consider light-reflective roofing materials. These roofs will maximize natural light by bouncing as much light as possible back into your home. Reflected natural light is especially important for homes next to tall buildings or large trees, which block much of the direct sunlight.

In general, light-colored roofing materials are more reflective than darker materials, and materials such as tile and metal reflect more light than others. However, reflective options are available for almost every type of roof made today. As a nice bonus, reflective roof materials are more eco-friendly than others and may even save you money on your energy bill each month.

Skylights and Roof Windows

When planning a new roof, consider adding skylights or roof windows. Skylights and roof windows can add immense natural light and transform the darker areas of your home into bright, inviting spaces. Skylights and roof windows are particularly effective in areas of your home where windows can’t be added.

Skylights and roof windows add natural light from different angles, ensuring your home is brighter for longer throughout the day. If placed strategically, they can even add architectural interest to your space.

Roof Design

While most people buy or build their homes without considering roof design, the orientation of your roof can play an important role in determining how much natural light you receive. If designed with natural light in mind, your roof’s orientation can maximize natural light throughout the day.

In general, south-facing roofs receive the most light during daylight hours. That’s why south-facing roofs are preferred when adding solar panels and/or skylights. If you are building a roof from scratch, it makes sense to consult your architect and roofing professional beforehand. They can work together to ensure your home receives plenty of light.

CMR can brighten up your home

The roofing team at CMR has successfully installed thousands of roofs throughout the country. We have successfully constructed roofs on high-end homes, large commercial projects, and historic buildings. There simply isn’t a roofing problem we haven’t seen. Contact us today, and let us show you how we can brighten up your space and make you fall in love with your home all over again.