Hot Screened-in Porch
Homeowner from Florida asked:
Q: I have a typical Florida cement block ranch house(one story) with a metal roofed screen porch attached to the rear of the house (all of about 7′ high, with slope). The rear of the house faces west. Presently, I can only use the porch a few months of the year (nov – feb). as soon as the warm weather returns. I’m faced with an OVEN back there! Oftentimes, it’s cooler outside. Help?? What can I do to reduce the heat factor? I already have several palms planted as shade around the porch, and the ceiling is too low for a ceiling fan. Any suggestions?
A: A light colored or otherwise reflective roof would help. Additionally, if the roof could be built up higher and a vented airspace added that would be quite good.
Todd Miller has spent his entire career in the metal building products manufacturing industry. He is president of Isaiah Industries, an organization recognized as one of the world’s leading metal roofing manufacturers. Todd is currently Vice President of the MRA (Metal Roofing Association) and a Past Chair of MCA (Metal Construction Association). Through his website, he strives to raise the bar on standards and practices to provide property owners with the best possible products for successful roofing projects.
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