The Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR® council has strict guidelines for rating a product ENERGY STAR. A business can’t just put the logo on a product. With that being said, ENERGY STAR rated roofing materials really can save you money. There are also other benefits.
How Cool Roofs Work
Just like when you wear a light colored shirt on a hot sunny day you feel cooler than if you were to wear a dark shirt, a lighter colored roof keeps your home cooler. Light colors reflect more sunlight than they absorb. When your home’s roof is lighter in color, your home is cooler no matter what roofing material you have on your home. By reflecting more of the sun’s rays rather than absorbing it, your home stays cooler. When you don’t have to use as much electricity cooling your home, you save money.
Benefits Beyond Cost Savings
It’s true that cool roofing products can cost slightly more than their counterparts, however, the cost savings is easily recouped. The benefits of cool roofing don’t end with cost savings. You’ll also find that with regular maintenance, cool roofs last longer. One of the causes of shingle deterioration is UV damage. Because less UV light is absorbed, deterioration doesn’t occur as quickly as with darker colored roofs.
If you’re hoping to help the environment, a cool roof is an excellent choice. Many municipalities are moving toward mandating cool roofing technology for commercial roofing applications. If all buildings in a city had lighter colored roofs there would be less of the urban heat island effect. In addition, because less energy is consumed for cooling, there is less carbon dioxide emissions.
If you’re in need of a new roof for your home or business, ask about cool roofing options from Cooley Roofing. Many of the brands we offer have several color and style options that are classified by the ENERGY STAR council as cool roofs. Call today to schedule your appointment for your residential or commercial roof replacement – 336-766-6488.