Does Your Shingle Color Change Your Home’s Efficiency?

You’ve finally decided to invest in a new roof! Congratulations! Investing in new roofing is a great way to improve the value of your home and help it do its job: protecting your home from the elements. Since you’re taking the time and spending the money on a new roof, you need to take the time and gather information in order to make an educated decision about what roofing material and even color is best for your home. As individuals become more environmentally savvy, having options like sustainable roofing materials and energy-efficient choices is exceptionally important for homeowners. So while you’re debating what material to choose, we would like to beg the question, does your roofing shingle color make a difference in your home’s energy efficiency? Let’s explore this question together.

There are three factors that play a role with your roof’s energy efficiency: shingle material, shingle color, and roof insulation.

Shingle Material

The material you choose for your roofing project is a critical component in your home’s energy efficiency. Metal roofing has the ability to reflect energy away from your home depending on how shiny the material is. Materials like wood and asphalt are more likely to absorb the sun’s rays because they are a more dull material that is not as reflective.

Shingle Color

In addition to your roofing material, the roofing color is a possibly even more important factor to your Fort Worth home’s energy efficiency. As you grow up, you’re aware that black absorbs heat and that white objects reflect most heat away. We see this on asphalt roads during the winter as early frosts easily melt because the asphalt has absorbed so much heat from the sun. This has been proven by the United States Department of Agriculture during a study testing the difference between black and white shingles. “For most recorded locations, the black-shingled roofs were generally 10°F to 15°F warmer than identical white-shingled roofs on sunny days. However, during the evening, the black-shingled roofs also tended to lose heat faster than did the white-shingled roofs.” Based on this study alone, the ideal shingle color choice for warm climates would be any light color, and for cooler climates, you would want to choose darker colors.

Does Shingle Color Make a “Cool” Roof?

For the most part, your shingle color is a major contributor to what is known as a “cool” roof. However, as we briefly mentioned above, there are other factors involved in cooling a roof and improving its efficiency. The first place to start would be with a light-colored roof and not opting for black asphalt or dark wood shingles. This is actually known as the Albedo effect, when lighter colored shingles keep some heat away from a roof. In addition to your roofing material color choice, consider cool roof coatings that can help to reflect heat away from your roof and also check the reflectiveness rating on a variety of materials and manufacturers in order to make sure you get all the benefits that you possibly can.

Value of Insulation

Lastly, it’s important to note that proper insulation in your attic can help improve your energy efficiency in both warm and cool climates. The proper amount of insulation will keep both cool and warm air where you want it: in your living spaces. If you don’t have the proper amount of insulation, your roof can easily become an avenue for hot or cold air to escape, which will also increase your energy costs.

If you’re ready to install new roofing materials on your Fort Worth home, turn to the experts at Crest Exteriors for advice on which materials, colors, and brands will be the most energy efficient for your home.