It is not uncommon for roof replacement contractors like us to be asked about how color choices affect the material’s overall performance. Read on as we discuss whether color matters when it comes to investing in a new roofing system.
Light- and Dark-Colored Roofing
There’s more to asphalt shingle colors than just aesthetics. They can also affect the reflectivity of the roof’s surface. Light colors absorb less heat, which is why light-colored clothing is more comfortable to wear outdoors than dark-colored ones. Surfaces painted with a light-colored hue deflect the infrared rays or the component of sunlight that carries heat better than a dark-colored surface does.
The same principle applies to residential roofing systems. The heat absorption rate of a roof, in fact, is an important factor to consider. The more heat the roof can reflect, the lower your home’s indoor cooling requirements will be. It also doesn’t help when asphalt shingles are capable of retaining residual heat hours after sunset.
The Reflectivity of Roofing Systems
Given the importance of performance, it might seem counterintuitive to have dark-colored roofing materials manufactured and distributed for home improvement retailers and contractors. But why are they still available in the market? It is a matter of aesthetics, apparently.
Darker roofs are more appealing than light-colored ones, which is why many homeowners pick them, making sure they have adequate attic insulation. Also worth noting is that dark-colored roofing materials are an ideal choice for homeowners living in areas with cold climates. The ability of the roof to retain heat helps reduce the need for indoor heating.
When it comes to investing in a new roof, you don’t have to compromise between the color of the roof and its performance. Roofing materials today feature reflective coatings and/or granules that enhance the reflectivity of the roof surfaces. This means a dark-colored roof can be the same as any light-colored ones in reducing your cooling needs.
4U Roofing is proud to be a GAF-certified roofing company. Our installers fully understand the installation process and how to customize a shingle roof that will best protect your home or business. To learn more about our storm damage roof repair services, call (251) 235-2222. You may also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.