By Cass Jacoby.
Cambridge Cool Color shingles make your roof cool in more than one way, offering cool roof compliance while sharing the durability and beauty of IKO Cambridge shingle line. Read on to learn how Cambridge Cool Color shingles offer quality and peace of mind on top of making your home more efficient.
New Cool and Cool Plus color blends have a Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of 20 or greater, meaning they can boost a roof’s reflectivity by 25%, and keep the roof cooler than conventional shingles. A cool roof can reduce a home’s carbon footprint, reduce home energy bills and increase property value.
These shingles are engineered to comply with California Title 24 Part 6 Cool Roofing Requirements. Homeowners who reside in Los Angeles City and County, where cool roofing reflectance requirements are in effect, can use cool roofing shingles with an SRI of 20 or greater like New Cool and Cool Plus color blends to comply.
Even IKO’s medium and dark color blends meet or exceed the most stringent Los Angeles City and County cool roof reflectance requirements of having an SRI of 20 or greater.
You want your shingles to stay put. If the wind can lift them up it creates an opportunity for water to seep underneath and will create a leaky roof. IKO shingles have FastLock™ sealant strips along their bottom edges, which becomes extra-tacky in the sun to create a strong bond with the roof. This means the roof is protected against wind uplift, blow-off and water penetration.
Furthermore, these shingles are designed to be easy to fasten correctly, and include printed nail guide lines that direct installers on how to position the shingles. Proper installation keeps shingles on the roof and prevents them from blowing off in the wind. Plus, IKO’s special “Advantage” size shingles are larger, ensuring they go down fast and easy during installation.
Coated with weathering asphalt on the top and bottom then surfaced with colored granules, the fiberglass mat is exceptionally durable and has heavy-duty structural integrity. Engineered to protect your home against the elements, this fiberglass mat is designed to stay flat.
IKO creates a varied pattern than gives the rich, textured appearance of genuine wood shakes by staggering the size and position of the shingle’s “dragon’s teeth.” The laminated two-piece design gives these shingles depth and dimension.
Paired with the unique color blends, these shingles can create a spectacular high-end look that can match any style. IKO Cambridge Cool Colors come in color blends that range from dark to light, sharing the advantages of the ever-popular IKO Cambridge shingle line while offering outstanding reflectivity to a roof.
IKO’s Cool Plus shingles offer a sought-after dark color blend with an SRI of 20+, embedding surface granules with infrared-reflective pigments to transmit less of the sun’s solar energy or radiant heat into a home’s attic.
Their Cool shingles are available in popular, medium-toned color blends also delivering an SRI of 20+.
Last, IKO’s lightest color blend option is their Natural Cool Colors shingles, an affordable choice in California locations where local roof reflectance requirements demand an SRI of 16+.
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Cass works as a reporter/writer for RoofersCoffeeShop and AskARoofer. When she isn’t writing about roofs, she is writing about movies for her master's degree and dancing with her plants.