Choosing the right color for your roof can not only greatly affect the aesthetics of your beloved home, but can also play a major role in monthly expenses. The classic debate of warm vs cool colored roofs has been a popular topic of conversation for contractors and homeowners alike.
‘Warm’ colored roofs are typically painted in shades of black, grey, blue, or brown while ‘cool’ colors include shades of white, beige, green, or red.
Many of the prominent reasons to choose one color over the other are pure and simple, personal preferences! You are going to be the one living under and seeing the same roof every day, you should always choose a color you truly enjoy.
Now, when it’s time to choose the right color for your roof, it comes down to a lot more than just the looks.
Saving Money: A Cause We Can All Support
While dark-colored roofs are by far the most popular color all across Indiana and the rest of the country, there are a few key reasons why some consumers prefer lighter color tones. White, and other similar tones, are extremely effective at reflecting heat on warm sunny days. Dark color tones absorb more heat from the sun causing the homeowner to spend more on cooling costs.
In hot areas all over the world, white-colored roofs are a very common solution to excessive indoor temperatures. Cooler roof temperatures equate to less time running the air conditioner and more money in your pocket.
Here in Indiana, we get our fair share of cold weather. While white roofs are proven to be more effective at reflecting heat, this can pose a problem in the winter. In the case of cold weather climates, dark roofs are the preferred choice as they are better at trapping internal heat. This can save a lot of money when it comes to heating expenses such as wood for a fire or oil for a stove.
Too Much Of A Good Thing?
Keeping our home cool despite scorching outdoor temperatures sounds like a win-win for everyone, right? Well, climate scientists have credible evidence suggesting this isn’t quite as easy to determine as we may have thought.
While isolated areas where individuals have white roofs to reflect heat may not substantially affect the environment in a negative way, research shows that if too many commercial and residential structures opt for white or similar shaded roofs it may start to contribute to climate change struggles.
Think of it as a mirror, if too many UV rays are being reflected back into the ozone layer there could be a substantial increase in warming temperatures. Of course, a single household or even an entire city whose roofs are painted white will not alter climate temperatures in a measurable way, all consumers should be aware of the possibilities.
Dark-colored roofs, in theory, would absorb these UV rays as opposed to reflecting them back into the atmosphere.
Choosing The Right Roofing Material
If you have decided on the right color for your new roof, the next obvious big decision is the actual material you choose to use. At Clemens Home Solution, we are obsessed with quality. No matter what type of roof you prefer, you can rest easy knowing we only use the best materials for unmatched durability and longevity. For roofing options, we have two very dependable resources:
- CertainTeed Asphalt Roofing: When it comes to shingle roofing options, CertainTeed is the top dog. These high-end shingles are beautifully crafted to meet CertainTeed’s extremely high standards with many enhanced features such as their Winterguard® waterproofing underlayment.
- Rubber Roofing: For heavily slopped and flat-roofed homeowners, rubber roofing is a phenomenal option to consider. Rubber roofing is completely waterproof and requires little to no general maintenance. We offer incredible EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) and TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) options, perfect for any budget.
The Clemens Worry-Free Guarantee
When you choose to entrust Clemens Home Solutions as your local roofing contractor, you can sleep easy knowing all of your installation concerns are covered by our complimentary Clemens Worry-Free Guarantee.
This mandatory policy ensures every customer will be happy with the end result, whether that means fixing an issue caused during the installation or refunding the entire cost of services. At the end of the day, our main focus is YOU! If you aren’t happy with your home’s new roof, then we aren’t either.
The Next Step
You have chosen your preferred roof color and material and you may be asking yourself “what now?”. You’ve done the hard part.
Let our experienced team here at Clemens Home Solutions take the reigns from here while you sit back and relax, confident in our abilities to deliver an exceptional roof completed by your deadline.
We quickly send out our team of professionals to personally inspect each home to give an accurate representation of the process ahead along with time and budget expectations.
Choosing between a white and black colored roof can be a tough choice, if you have any further questions always feel free to reach out to our customer service hotline available via phone, email, or online representative.