If it's time for a new roof, you might want to look into cool roofing options so you can save money on your air conditioning bills in the summer. If you have dark asphalt shingles now, switching to cool roofing might keep your home cooler, and that gives your air conditioner a break. Here are four options to consider when picking out your new roof.
1. Cool Asphalt Shingles
You can buy asphalt shingles that have a coating on them that reflects the sun's rays. You can get a similar but lesser effect by switching to light-colored or white shingles. However, the reflective nature of cool asphalt shingles allows you to install cool roofing, even if you choose a darker color for the shingles. Cool asphalt shingles look like other types of asphalt shingles, so they are attractive and don't draw attention because of an odd appearance.
2. White Metal Roofing
You could switch to metal roofing from asphalt shingles and notice a cooler effect if you opt for white roofing. White metal reflects the sun, and that can keep your home cooler. You can also have a coating applied to a metal roof to enhance its reflectivity so it is an even cooler roof option. A metal roof has other benefits over shingles too, so it might be an option to consider.
3. Spray Foam Roofing
Spray foam can be applied to a sloped roof, but it's more commonly used on flat and low-sloped roofs. The foam is white when it's sprayed on, and then the foam is coated once it's dry. The coating protects the hard foam from sun damage, and it also reflects the sun to keep your home cooler. Spray foam is also insulation, so it might even keep your home warmer in the winter.
4. Membrane Roofing
Membrane roofing is for use on flat roofs. There are different types of membrane roofing, but they usually come in black or white. If you choose a white membrane, your home will be cooler in the summer since heat is reflected. If you choose a black membrane, the roof heats up more and passes more heat through your attic and home.
When choosing cool roofing for your home, consider the appearance of the roofing, the slope of the roof, and how much cooler the type of roofing can keep your home. A roofer can help you compare the options so you get the best roof for your house and enjoy energy savings all summer long.
For more information about roofing, contact a local contracting company like Columbia Roofing Inc.