Roofing is definitely not the most exciting or prettiest part of a home, but it plays a huge role in protecting your home, its contents, and its residents from natural elements like sun, wind, and rain. What are some qualities you should look for that the best roofing options provide?
Don’t underestimate where you live in relation to the demands placed on your roof, such as the amount and strength of sunlight it will receive. Energy Star has updated its guidelines, resulting in a more stringent standard for energy efficiency.
And California’s Title 24 energy codes mean there are new solar reflectivity standards. All that translates into upgrades and enhancements being designed into a number of asphalt shingle product lines.
For areas that are more prone to severe storms and hail, there are impact-resistant (IR) shingles. Though they look like other shingles, IR shingles are made with more flexible polymers that quickly bounce back into shape.
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Both colour and profile options tend to vary by region, in large part due to architectural styles and preferences. What looks best on higher-pitched, steep-sloped roofing very often differs from what you’d want to see on a moderately sloped or flat roof.
With the increasing focus on green building, it’s not surprising that more stringent building standards are drawing attention to a roof’s reflectivity. Historically, reflectivity was based more on colour and the surface’s ability to reflect rather than absorb the sun.
Since many homeowners prefer darker roofing, manufacturers have added reflective coatings to their products. Lighter colours, however, generally remain more reflective than darker shades.