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

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Since 2005 Bob has been answering questions, free of charge, here at AskARoofer.com. With a strong background in residential roofing and provides a practical and simple answers to hundreds of roof related questions, so it is easy to understand the issues you may have with your 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.

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