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barquentine
7/7/2020 19:11 EST

I'm sure many of you living down south have boveda roofs. They may be elegant, but I have just been up a ladder at mid day and the roof is far too damn hot. Not happy with it. Especially at the thinnest part.
Have you had this problem? What is the best way to insulate a boveda roof? (Externally, I mean.)

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hrlee7804
7/10/2020 09:28 EST

Not much information given....Were you up there on the roof or inside up there at the ceiling? Either way roofs are hot here in the summer. And heat rises from inside. This time of year my house is always hotter than the outside. Concrete and brick absorb heat and it stays. I have never seen anyone do anything about it so 'what are you going to do?' Where I am in Mexico is desert we use fans and A/C to survive. You can't get away from the sun here and that is why most of us moved here.
My metal outside door are screeming hot when the sun in shining on them. You can't hold your hand on them....So don't. Just look around and see what others are doing. Probably nothing.

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NA
7/10/2020 10:23 EST

I have windows in the highest part of the house. They were installed next to the stairway so
i can open them from there.
I open them so the hot air that rises can escape.

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barquentine
7/10/2020 18:23 EST

I have a meter with a temperature probe, but my hand would have sufficed. I climbed up the big stepladders and tested the inside. It is noticeably hotter at the thinnest point, the top of the arch.
No, we don't accept this in Monterrey. I have been reviewing options and I will cover the roof with insulated metal panel (PU lamina) which should completely eliminate the heat gain. And I will foam and render and paint the outside walls. Already have doubleglazing.

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hrlee7804
7/11/2020 11:04 EST

Hmmm. Metal panels. Look around and you won't see much, if any, construction done with metal here. Humidity, rust and maintenance are the reasons. Even baked enamel finish on metal paneling does rust in a short time. Do your research outside the area as local contractors will tell you what you want to hear to get the work. In my area I see corrugated fiberglass/asbestos like panels used for roofing materials on parking areas and the like. Little to no wood construction...termites. Concrete is what is used here and get the heat out as best you can.
High windows are a wonderful idea. Every time I get too hot I think of the ugly winters back home.
There was a time folks used to think about cargo container style homes. Problem is heat transfer and rust/maintenance. Metal and the heat is not your friend my friend.

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barquentine
7/11/2020 13:10 EST

The PU panels last at least 10 years. I have three warehouses on my property with a double layer roof made of them, it's five years old and in fine condition.
Note, I am putting the panels ON TOP of the existing roof. To keep the sun off and insulate.
Strangely, the block walls don't get warm, even. But they are not the blocks you see these days. I think they might be solid.

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wannamove
8/31/2020 16:27 EST

There are white reflective paints available. Not that expensive to buy. You can roll it on yourself if you are a DIYer, or the labor cost should not be costly.

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