One way to cut your power bill for summer air conditioning is to install reflective roofing shingles, also called cool roofs. Studies on reflective roof coatings done in the early 90′s by Home Energy Magazine Online indicated savings of anywhere from 10% to 40% on air conditioning power consumption, depending on original insulation and the efficiency of the air conditioning unit.
Research has been ongoing since 1995 to incorporate reflective technology into asphalt shingles for residential roofing. A joint project between the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and 3M developed cool roofing granules that provide superior reflective properties when applied to asphalt shingles.
This combination provides the excellent performance of asphalt shingles in all types of climate conditions with energy-saving reflective properties. In addition, this technology provides homeowners with a choice of more colors than white when selecting reflective roof shingles. Below are just a few colors available.
The technology of roofing has come a long way. With reflective roofing shingles, you can better control the temps that enter your home through the roof.
Do you know what your home energy savings could be with reflective roofing shingles? Contact RHS to get a better idea!
Although there are reflective coatings that can be applied to existing roofs, the cost is prohibitive when compared to the return in energy savings. The best return on investment in reflective roofing is when a roof needs replacement.
Cool Roof Shingles meet both solar reflectance and thermal emissivity requirements by ENERGY STAR®. What that means is you can have a good-looking roof 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.