Cool roofs are roofing products that reflect more of the sun's rays than standard
roofing products. According to Energy Star, Energy Star qualified roof products can lower
roof surface temperatures by up to 100 degrees. This reduces the amount of heat
transferred inside the building and reduces the amount of air conditioning needed,
including a possible 10-15% reduction in air conditioning for the hottest hours
of the day.
According to Energy Savers, standard or dark roofs can reach temperatures
of 150°F or more in the summer sun. A cool roof under the same conditions
could stay more than 50°F cooler. Decreasing the roof operating temperature
may also extend the life of the roof.
Cool roofs are generally considered most effective in areas with longer periods
of warm weather that require significant usage of air-conditioners and other cooling
To estimate your potential to save energy and money by installing this improvement,
please see the U.S. Department of Energy's Home Energy Saver calculator.
Please visit Energy Star to find information on Federal Tax Credits for this product.
To check the utility rebates available for this product, please check these websites if your a customer of: