Cool Roof Options for Your Home in a Nutshell

Cool roofs are not really super high tech and that is a part of their overall appeal. Cool roofs are a relatively simple and effective way to lower your cooling costs, while also dramatically reducing your home’s carbon footprint, as well as lowering the load on you HVAC equipment.

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Some of the most popular and efficient cool roofing options available on the market today are cool flat roofs (solar-reflective PVC and TPO membranes, cool metal roofs (CoolRoof rated color paint finishes applied to standing seam and metal shingles), and cool asphalt shingles. Cool flat roofs are the material of choice on low-slope and flat roofs atop of residential homes and commercial buildings.

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Cool metal roofing systems are available in a wide variety of alloys, finishes, styles, and colors.

A cool metal roof provides greater energy savings compared to most other non-metal roofing products on the market today. Metal roofing is also environmentally sustainable.

A metal roof contains significant portion of recycled content, and lasts much longer than most non-metal roofing systems. Best of all, a cool metal roof is 100% recyclable at the end of its service life.

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Moreover, the good news for consumers who care about the look of their roofs is that a CoolRoof rated products have exploded in recent years. Contrary to most people’s beliefs cool roofs also need not be white.

Did you know? One variation of a cool roof is a green roof, sometimes also called a living roof, or a vegetative roof. That is because flowers, plants and even a vegetable garden can be grown in a special soil system right on top of the rooftop of a building.

New Trends

The newest trend in the cool roofing product market involves the use of “cool color” products, which use dark-colored pigments that are highly reflective in the near-infrared (non-visible) portion of the solar spectrum. With “cool color” technologies, there are now cool roofs that come in green, red, blue, and almost any color imaginable. 😉

Whether you are looking for shingles, tiles, modified bitumen, field-applied coatings, or single-ply membranes, there is a “cool” version of the system available that can meet both, architect’s and building owner’s aesthetic and energy saving needs.

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