Posted December 03, 2014 by Gabriel Posternak

What is a Cool Roof and Why You Should Consider It for Your Home?

When it comes to having an energy efficient home, every area of that home needs to be explored and investigated. From the top to the bottom, your home, whether you are doing a green remodeling or starting from the ground up, needs to be taken into consideration, especially when it comes to energy efficiency.

Having said that, cool roofs are something that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to remodeling an old existing roof. What is a cool roof and why should you consider it for your home? Here’s a bit of information about cool roofs and what the benefits are of having one.

What Is A Cool Roof?

When you think of a cool roof, it does not necessarily mean style or design that is ultra-modern, current, or popular either. A cool roof is a roof designed with something specific in mind. That something specific is the ability to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat. Traditional roofs do not have the capacity to do that as well as a cool roof can. There are different types and styles of cool roofs, such as a roof made of reflective paint, or tiles and shingles that reflect the sun.

How switching to a cool roof can save you money and benefit the environment.

You do not have to have an ultra-modern home or office building either to benefit from installing a cool roof. The premise behind a cool roof is that the lighter colored the roof is, the easier it is to maintain lower temperatures on that very same roof. If you think about it, a traditional roof is one made out of tar, asphalt, or shingle, and can heat up to well over a hundred and fifty degrees. This is especially true in the heat of the summer sun. However, a cool roof during the peak of the summer and during the height of the hottest time during the day has the potential to stay up to 50° cooler.

How Can It Benefit You?

There are two prime examples of how cool roof can benefit you. The first example is how it can save you money. When you don’t need to run your air-conditioning system consistently throughout the summer season, you can save an exceptional amount of money. If your roof is cooler and keeping your home cooler as well, it stands to reason that you will save money on your air-conditioning bill. When you save money, don’t forget that you are also saving the environment. When you use less air-conditioning, you pull less air energy, and therefore save the environment.

Another benefit, is the benefit of keeping cooler and being more comfortable in the hot and humid weather. When it is too hot outside to do anything but sweat, you can stay in your home and feel comfortable while enjoying a cool roof and the benefits that it offers you. Staying cooler in your home makes you more comfortable, makes you happier, and makes you more productive in the dog days of summer.

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