Dark Shingles vs Light Shingles

Are darker color roof shingles really that much hotter?

Yes they are, it is just like a human, if you wear a dark shirt in the summer you will absorb more heat than if you wore a white shirt. The white or lighter colors are naturally reflective and will keep you cooler. The roof will absorb heat no matter what color and transfer that heat downward into the house. The main difference is the darker colors will do it sooner in the morning and continue later in the afternoon than a lighter color roof shingle.

With all the shingle designs out there, many are very dark in color blends. Manufacturers make these darker shingles because the sell. The consumer recently has demanded an attractive and energy efficient roof shingle that is not white. Most manufacturers have, by using advanced technology, incorporated highly reflective shingles that are cooler than normal shingles

These are called Cool Roof Shingles. They meet both solar reflectance and thermal emissivity requirements by ENERGY STAR®. What that means is you can buy a good -looking shingle that is now not going to heat up as much as in the past. It reflects the UV sun ray back up and away from the attic and living space which reduces use of energy.

Architects have always included a nice attractive colored roof in their designs specification because people like them. It is still advised to use attic ventilation no matter what shingle colors you use

Below is an example of a COOL ROOF designed by Certainteed and in my opinion one of the best looking COOL ROOF shingles on the market.

 cool roof shingle

Presidential Solaris MAX DEF Weathered Wood

About author

Bob
Bob 270 posts

Since 2005 Bob has been answering questions, free of charge, here at AskARoofer.com. With a strong background in residential roofing, I try to provide a practical and simple answers to the consumers questions, so it is easy to understand the issues they may have with their roof. Our answers are free so feel free to ask what you want. Use the green question box to contact myself or AskAroofer.com I have spent ten years as a union shingler, seventeen years as a California licensed roofing contractor with a general contractor endorsement and since Feb. of 2005 a roofing consultant. If I don't know the answer to your question, I will point you in the right direction.

You might also like

Uncategorized 0 Comments

Temple of Artemis Roof Drawing

Here is a drawing of the roof of The Temple of Artemis. I have had this small paper awhile and have enjoyed looking at it, and hope you enjoy it also. A similar

Uncategorized 0 Comments

Foo Dogs . . . . Up On A Roof

Foo Dog. An ancient Asian custom to use these on roof tops and entry gates to protect occupants inside from evils. These ferocious guard dogs come from a long pedigree, that interestingly

Uncategorized 0 Comments

Bracklinn Falls Copper Covered Bridge

Bracklinn Falls Copper Covered Bridge is a cool little wood bridge spanning over a gorge about 20 meters {66 feet}.  It can be found near the town of Callander, Scotland and was

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply