They’re not just something awesome — the term “cool roof” refers to one designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less solar energy. This allows the cool roof to keep your house at a cooler temperature.

Technically speaking…

When a roof has high solar reflectance (SR) and thermal emittance (TE) properties, it can be known as a “cool roof.” In California, a cool roof can assist homeowners in remaining compliant with Title 24.

What can cool roofing do for you?

Cool roofs improve indoor comfort and reduce energy costs by decreasing the need for more air conditioning. Depending on your state, you may even qualify for an energy efficiency rebate if you replace or convert your existing roof.

Since cool roofs don’t absorb energy the same way that less efficient roofing does, you’ll see greater longevity in these roofing products. Specifically, they last longer because they won’t degrade or age as quickly.

Cool Roof Material Options

Asphalt shingles, wood shingles, and polymer (sometimes known as synthetic or composite) shingles, as well as clay and concrete tiles are all cool roofing options.

That being said, slate tiles are not usually cool, and while metal roofs are usually good at reflecting the sun’s rays, they tend to absorb more heat overall.

While some materials are naturally “cool-colored”, such as most wood shingles, others have the ability to become cool as long as you choose the right colors or reflective coatings. Lighter colors are usually best, just like a light shirt helps you absorb less heat when temperatures begin to rise.

Our Partner In Energy Efficient Roofing

We only use GAF products for our roofing. When requesting a free estimate from Quality First Home Improvement, we’ll be able to show you samples — or you can get ahead of the game by checking out their website.

They even have a tool called the “VirtualRemodeler” that allows you to view their products on sample homes, or on a photo of your own roof that you upload! Check it out and energy savings can be yours!

For More Information…

Quality First specializes in door installation, but also in roofing, windows, and solar. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a free estimate, or follow and like us on social media to keep up-to-date on new services and offers.

We’re local to Sacramento, Concord, and San Jose in California, as well as Reno, Nevada.