What are COOL Roofing Shingles and Solar Reflectance

COOL Roofing Shingles and Solar Reflectance in roof

Solar Reflectance and Thermal emittance are important concepts to understand when choosing roofing materials for your home. Choosing roofs that reflect solar energy will not only save energy, but also reduce the amount of heat that enters your home. Moreover, it will also help you reduce the costs of roofing materials.

Thermal emittance

Thermal emittance is a measurement of the amount of heat a roof rejects. If a roof has a high thermal emittance value, less heat is transmitted to the interior of the building. However, this rating is not enough to qualify for energy efficiency. To qualify for cool roof status, asphalt shingles must be rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) according to their thermal emittance and solar reflectance. These values must meet specific energy code requirements.

Thermal emittance is measured on a scale of 0 to 1. The higher the number, the cooler the roof will be. In a solar energy environment, a higher number indicates a cooler roof. In contrast, a low number indicates a higher amount of heat will be absorbed by the roof and transferred into the building below.

Thermostatically-efficient roofs reduce energy costs while reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. They also improve human health. Several cool roofing shingles are available, including the Presidential Solaris (r) by CertainTeed and the Landmark Solaris(r) by Owens Corning.

The Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of a good, cool roof shingle should be 0.25. This number is important because higher SRI roofing shingles will reduce the cooling load on your home. But the SRI does not guarantee compliance with energy codes. To find out if your roof can meet energy code requirements, it is important to read and understand the SRI.

COOL roofing shingles reflect and emit more sunlight than ordinary white materials. They also reduce the amount of solar energy that reaches the building below. This helps lower energy bills and improve comfort.

Solar reflectance

Choosing a roofing material that can reflect solar energy is an important consideration. The right roofing shingle can reduce the temperature inside the attic and reduce energy bills. Owens Corning’s Cool Roof Collection is designed to reflect the sun’s rays, keeping your roof cooler than the rest of the home. The shingles have a unique blend of solar-reflecting granules, which reflect heat away from your roof. They also come in rich, vivid colors.

COOL Roofing Shingles are available in a variety of colors and textures. These shingles have been rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CCRC) based on their solar reflectance. In addition, they must meet specific energy codes. The research team is currently working on a design software to help manufacturers develop cool-color coatings. This software will calculate the reflectance of a coating based on absorption properties and geometry.

In addition to energy savings, cool roofs can also reduce the heat of urban areas. These roofs can lower urban heat island effects, which can make cities up to 10 degrees hotter than the surrounding countryside. These roofs also make homes more comfortable in hot weather. The extra benefits of cool roofing are not only environmental but also beneficial to human health.

Cool roofs are becoming mandatory in some parts of the United States. California has made them mandatory in its Energy Code since October 2008, and New York requires all roof interventions to meet the ENERGY STAR requirements. In addition, Chicago is rolling out an incentive program to encourage the use of cool roofs in the city.

As you can see, cool roofs reflect solar energy, which in turn reduces energy bills. Using a roof with high solar reflectance helps your building feel cooler and saves on air conditioning costs. Cool roofing materials have high thermal emittance, which means they reject heat.

COOL Roofing Shingles

COOL Roofing Shingles

These COOL Roofing Shingles have solar reflective granules which reflect light and decrease the amount of heat that enters the home. They are a great choice for homes in hotter climates and are required in some areas. They can also be eligible for tax credits. In addition to their solar-reflective qualities, these shingles can also extend the life of the roof, making them a smart investment for homeowners.

Researchers have been experimenting with different kinds of pigments to increase solar reflectance. Some pigments reflect near-infrared light, while others reflect visible light. The goal is to find a pigment that best reflects visible light while absorbing near-infrared light.

The solar reflectance of a roof is a key factor in determining the overall efficiency of the structure. Roofing shingles with a higher solar reflectance will reduce the temperature of the building more than those with a lower value. To qualify as a “cool” roof, a roofing shingle must meet the requirements set by the California Title 24 and Energy Star programs.

Roofing Shingles with a high solar reflectance can also reduce energy bills. The TruDefinition Duration COOL Shingles from IKO combine superior thermal performance and energy efficiency. The shingles’ unique granules reflect sunlight to the building, reducing energy use.

Cool roofs can also reduce the impact of the urban heat island effect, which can make cities as much as ten degrees hotter than surrounding areas. Cool roofs help homes stay comfortable in hot weather, and they can also reduce the amount of energy used by air conditioning systems.


The Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of roofing shingles is an important consideration when choosing a roofing product. This measurement indicates how efficiently a roofing product reflects solar radiation. The higher the SRI number, the better the solar energy efficiency of a home. In general, a higher SRI means a roof is more reflective of the sun’s light.

There are a variety of solar reflective shingles available for homeowners looking to reduce cooling costs. Prices for solar reflective shingles range from $2 to $3 per square foot, and they typically come in a variety of colors. They also have higher solar reflectance ratings than dark-colored roofing materials, but lower solar reflectance ratings than white roofs. In addition, solar reflective roofs have excellent thermal emittance ratings, which allow you to estimate how much energy your home will save.

The savings of installing a cool roof are significant. For a typical 20-year lifespan, these shingles can save an average of 15% in heating costs. The Energy Star program offers a tax credit of up to $1,500 for homeowners who choose to install cool roofing.

COOL Roofing Shingles are specially designed with solar-reflecting granules to minimize heat transfer into a home. Depending on where you live, COOL shingles can even be required by local building codes. Proper attic insulation is also important in reducing energy costs.

Cool Roofing Shingles are typically comprised of three layers. The first layer provides insulation, while the second and third layers reflect solar energy. Having a cool roof can mean a cooler home and a lower electric bill during the warmer months.


If you are planning to install a new roof on your house, you may want to consider COOL Roofing Shingles. These shingles have specialized granules that reflect solar radiation. This helps reduce heat transfer into homes. In some climates, COOL shingles are required by law. They can save you money on energy bills. You should also consider proper attic insulation.

COOL Roofing Shingles are certified by the US Department of Energy (DOE). These shingles have a solar reflectance of at least 25%, which is more than double what a standard asphalt shingle can achieve. However, the reflectance may decrease over time due to dirt, weathering, and other factors. Even so, the goal is to have a roof that reflects at least 15% of the sun’s energy after three years.

A cool roof can lower the amount of air conditioning needed by a building by as much as 15 percent. The exact amount of savings depends on the climate, the size of the house, and the type of roof material. Cool roofs are already being used in several cities across the country, including Chicago, Miami, and Denver. The downside is that homeowners have to use their HVAC systems more than they normally would. They end up spending more on air conditioning in the summer months.

When considering a total roof replacement, reflective shingles are the best option. These shingles are usually made from gray or chipped marble and spread into an asphalt base. They reflect solar energy more efficiently than traditional shingles because they contain specially coated granules. Additionally, they are more effective in reducing heat gain compared to unpainted metal roofs.

Our team can assist you with the utmost integrity. Call Today For a Free Estimate!

Schedule a free Inspection/Estimate and Don’t forget to ask us about our Spring special! just visit this link https://easternext.com/contact/

Kyle Houck


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.

Click to access the login or register cheese
x Logo: ShieldPRO
This Site Is Protected By