Todd Miller – Roofing Expert

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?

My response:
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.