Does It Matter: Roof Color
More Than Just an Aesthetic Choice
So, does the color of your roof matter? Yes and no. The answer to this question isn't as simple as it may seem. You may think that choosing your roof color is all about what looks best. However, your roof color impacts more than the aesthetics of your home. Especially in climates like Arizona, roof color can affect how long your roofing materials last, how much sun and heat are reflected, and how well your HVAC system works. That being said, color alone will not make or break your roof.
If you are installing a new roof, color should be one of the things you consider, and there are a few things you should know about how roof color can impact the longevity and performance of your roofing materials. Keep reading to learn more.
Roof Color & Energy Efficiency
One of the greatest concerns in a hot climate like Arizona is how to improve your home's energy efficiency. With higher-than-average temperatures, we often see the thermometer hitting triple digits. Things can heat up fast as the sun beats down on our homes. So, can we help fight off the heat and improve our roof's energy efficiency with the color of our roof? Yes!
Lighter color roofs tend to be more energy-efficient than darker colors. This is often why you will see commercial properties with white roof coatings. White, light greys, beiges, and similar colors can all help reflect the sun's rays, reducing the amount of heat the roof absorbs. The less heat, the better your home's systems can keep your property comfortable during the hottest parts of the year.
The Importance of Attic Ventilation
While color does play a role in helping your roof be more energy-efficient, your attic ventilation is more important. A properly ventilated attic, including an attic fan, helps move air around in your crawlspace, preventing your roof from becoming super-heated. Without ventilation, roof temperatures can reach over 150°. When your roof gets this hot, the materials can begin to degrade or disintegrate. Your roof is more susceptible to leaks, damage, and premature replacement when this happens.
If you have a roof with poor airflow, you should reach out to Lyons Roofing for guidance. We can help you with a range of services, including installing a solar attic fan to help keep air flowing and your roof as cool as possible.
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But What If I Like Darker Colored Roofs?
There are many reasons you might want to choose a darker color roof. From the darker color complementing the design of your home to community and HOA regulations, many people across the area have darker roofs. While darker colors absorb more heat, you don't have to worry that your dark roof shingles will break down faster or cause problems simply because they are darker. As mentioned above, while the color of your roof can actively support your energy-efficiency goals, proper attic ventilation is more important.
Choose Quality Materials & Schedule Routine Maintenance
Modern roofs are made with innovative materials engineered to withstand high temperatures and UV rays. If your roof isn't old or in disrepair, you do not have to worry about the shingles being a darker color. Similarly, if you are installing high-quality shingles and working with a reputable roofer like Lyons Roofing, you do not need to worry about your darker shingles being damaged by the heat.
No matter the color of your roof, it is important that you schedule annual roof maintenance. This becomes even more important the older your roof is. During your maintenance visit, your roofing contractor will let you know the current condition of your roof and whether the roof's color is contributing to any repair issues they find.
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