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Effects of Roofing Shingle Color on Energy Efficiency

Effects of Roofing Shingle Color on Energy Efficiency

Choosing a shingle color can affect the energy efficiency of your home. For example, a lighter color will absorb heat more effectively. On the other hand, the darkest color will increase your attic’s temperature slightly. Choosing a shingle color that compliments your home’s siding is also important.

Less reflective shingles lose heat faster

Less reflective shingles lose heat faster

Reflective shingles reduce the temperature inside the home, which means lower energy and utility bills. But not all reflective shingles are created equal. Deeper colors, for example, are associated with less solar reflection. In fact, many asphalt shingles lack solar-reflecting granules.

To make the best choice, check the SRI rating of your shingles. A higher number means more reflectiveness. A lower number means the roof will lose heat faster. The SRI rating is a measure of how reflective your shingles are compared to the solar reflectance of the sky.

When choosing the color of your shingles, choose a lighter shade for the hotter weather. Darker colors are less reflective, so they will lose heat faster during the summer. If you live in a colder region, go with a darker color, as it will absorb heat faster. Moreover, if you live in a winter climate, dark hues will help melt snow faster.

The color of your shingles plays a big role in the overall temperature and energy efficiency of your home. Choosing darker shingles will make your attic warmer during sunny days, while lighter shingles will keep your home cool at night. However, the color of your shingles can affect the aesthetic appeal of your home too.

Reflective shingles absorb and hold heat more efficiently

Reflective shingles are made with special granules which reflect solar energy more efficiently. These granules are fused to the top surface of asphalt shingles. These shingles are then treated with special coatings, which increase their emissivity and reflectivity. These granules reflect 20% more solar energy than standard dark-colored shingles. In addition, their higher emissivity helps them stay cooler.

The most advanced solar reflective shingles can reflect up to 40% of the sun’s rays. These shingles are usually lighter in color, since it is difficult to find 100% reflective shingles. However, reflective shingles are not perfect, because dust, pollen, algae, and other dirt can reduce their reflectivity.

The development of solar reflective shingles is a long process. It requires time to refine and test new materials and develop reliable methods for evaluating their efficiency. There is an independent organization called the Cool Roof Rating Council, which develops credible standards to evaluate solar reflective roofing products. The Council uses a three-year weathering test to evaluate the effectiveness and longevity of solar reflective roofing products.

You can use reflective shingles to reduce home heating bills. Darker shingles are more heat-absorbing, while light-colored ones are less efficient. Darker shingles can help keep the attic and lower floors cooler during the summer. In South Carolina, summer temperatures can reach 120 to 140 degrees. Hence, no shingle will be able to keep the inside of a house cool in 90-degree weather.

Lighter shingles absorb and hold heat better suited for colder climates

Light-colored shingles will absorb less heat from the sun, keeping your house cooler. On the other hand, dark-colored shingles will absorb more heat, but they are better suited for colder climates, as they quickly release heat and make snow melt. The choice of shingle color also affects the appearance of your home. Light-colored shingles go well with lighter-colored walls, while dark-colored shingles will look better with darker-colored interiors.

The color of shingles affects curb appeal too. A darker-colored roof can contrast with architectural elements, while lighter shingles can simplify lines and angles. If you’re unsure of which color is right for you, try comparing a variety of shingles from different manufacturers. The professionals at your roofing company will be able to offer you a consultation at no charge.

The color of shingles also affects insulation. A darker roof absorbs heat more than a light-colored roof. In South Carolina, summer temperatures can range from 120 to 140 degrees, so a lighter shingle is more appropriate for hotter climates.

While darker-colored shingles lose heat faster during the day, they can retain heat during cooler months. However, their color does not directly correlate with your home’s temperature. It all depends on the season and climate. While dark-colored shingles are better for cooler climates, they may melt faster than lighter ones.

Light-colored shingles will reflect more light and stay cooler in sunlight. In addition, they may last longer. And, since they reflect light, they may help you save on your heating and cooling costs. A dark-colored roof can make your house look smaller than it really is.

Choosing a shingle color that goes with the rest of your home

Choosing a roofing shingle color will affect the appearance and energy efficiency of your home. However, energy efficiency is not the only factor to consider when choosing a shingle color. The color of your roof also affects your home’s resale value and neighborhood restrictions. It is important to choose a color that will not negatively affect indoor temperatures.

If possible, choose a shade that complements the rest of your home’s exterior. If your home has bright, colorful siding, you’ll want to choose a shingle color that is complimentary. Otherwise, you could end up with a house that doesn’t sell as easily.

To determine which color goes well with your home’s exterior, look at the colors of your neighbor’s homes. If you live in a neighborhood that has lots of red houses, you can use a dark, neutral color. This color will coordinate with your house’s exterior and architectural style.

To maximize energy efficiency, choose a roofing shingle color that goes well with your home’s overall appearance. Dark shingles will contrast with light colors and look out of place in sunny spots. On the other hand, light neutrals will look bland in the bright light.

In addition to energy efficiency, color also affects the temperature of your attic. Dark colors absorb heat while light colors reflect it. While this makes dark-colored shingles better for cold climates, it is not always the best choice if you live in a hot climate. For warmer climates, lighter colors can reduce air conditioning bills by keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer during winter.

While color plays an important role in resale value and curb appeal, it is also important to consider energy efficiency. The color of a roof can influence the temperature of your home by as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If you choose a darker-colored roof, it will keep your attic warmer on sunny days.

Light-colored shingles tend to absorb less heat from the sun and will keep your home cooler. In addition, dark shingles tend to release heat more quickly and may also help prevent ice and snow from building up on the roof.

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Kyle Houck

President

About the Author

Kyle Houck is the President of Eastern Exteriors, LLC.

Eastern Exteriors, LLC is a family-owned company based in Frederick, Maryland. From new roof installation and roof repairs by professional roofers to premium window installations and expert siding installation, we are a full-service exteriors and contractor roofing company. And, if storms blow your way, we’ll be there to assess and repair the damage quickly.

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