If you’re wondering what a new roof has to do with energy savings, you might be surprised to learn about the green opportunities that abound during a roof tearoff and replace. “Cool roof” technology leverages enviro-friendly reflective surfacing to reduce your energy cost, especially during summer months. Like Ventilation upgrades, Cool Roof shingles will extend the life of your roof.
Cool Roofs Are Hip
There are myriad options available in reflective materials to create “cool roofs” to reduce your energy footprint. A cool roof can benefit a building and its occupants by:
- Reducing energy bills by decreasing air conditioning needs
- Improving indoor comfort for spaces that are not air conditioned
- Decreasing roof temperature, which may extend roof service life.
Beyond the home itself, cool roofs can also benefit the environment, especially when many buildings in a community have them. Cool roofs can:
- Reduce local air temperatures (sometimes referred to as the urban heat island effect)
- Lower peak electricity demand, which can help prevent power outages
- Reduce power plant emissions, including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, and mercury, by reducing cooling energy use in buildings.
Types of Roofs and How They Can Be Made Cool
There are many types of roof systems available, but the surface exposed to the sun is the one that determines if a roof is cool or not. You can usually make a new or existing roof cool by selecting the appropriate surface. Some materials, like slate, can be made reflective, as can some finishes in metal roofs. Many of the high-tech composite roofing materials we use have reflectivity built-in. Our estimator will help you select the right material to achieve your goal. If you’d like to try to estimate your savings, use this handy calculator: