So, what’s a cool roof? A cool roof has been designed to reflect sunlight and absorb the least amount of heat compared to regular roofs. The reflective quality comes from reflective paint, tiles or shingles. Cool roofs can get up to 50 degrees cooler than standard roofs, which can heat up to 150 degrees on a sunny day.
Over 90% of roofs in the US are dark colored, while cool roofs are usually lighter in color in comparison. Darker and traditional roofs tend to use more energy for air condition. Attic insulation helps reduce how much heat is transferred indoors from the roof, it doesn’t stop it completely.
What benefits can you get from a cooler roof?
Having a cool roof helps reduce your cooling costs in the summer. By reflecting heat and UV rays away from your roof, you’re able to cool your home effectively. Your roof also becomes less susceptible to mold growth.
In addition, it will help lower your energy cost for cooling in the summer. Besides saving you money on your home energy use, cool roofs are great for the environment. If most of your neighborhood invests in cool roofs, it can help lower electricity demand. This helps reduce air pollution and the emission of greenhouse gasses.
By helping keep indoor air temperatures cool, the health and comfort of a home is increased.
Where can you get a cool roof?
Fortunately, residential cool roofs are available for purchase and installation. Companies like Landmark Solaris® and Presidential Solaris® provide cool roof products that meet Energy Star ratings for solar reflection.
Would you invest in a cool roof? What do you think of cool roofs? Let us know in the comments.