How Different Roofing Materials Impact Home Temperatures

On a sunny day, your roof can get downright hot, no matter what season it is. A hot roof means that heat can build up in your attic too. The result? Accelerated weathering of your roof, more stress on your climate control system, and higher power bills.

It’s good to be aware of which roofing materials get hotter, and which stay cooler. Check out this informative infographic, How Different Roofing Materials Impact Home Temperatures to learn more details about how several popular roofing materials stack up:

  • Shingle Roofing – Standard shingles absorb a significant amount of solar radiation, and are really some of the hottest roofing materials! Thanks to manufacturers like Owens Corning, there are now some better, COOL shingles available.
  • Metal Roofing – Think a metal roof gets hot? Thanks to the reflective nature of metal, it actually doesn’t get as hot as you might think!
  • Wood Shake Roofing – Wood is a natural insulator, so it won’t transfer as much heat as other comparable materials. Air is also able to flow around the shakes, which also has a cooling effect.
  • Clay & Slate Roofing – Clay and slate are both fantastic insulators, so they won’t conduct a lot of heat.
  • TPO Roofing – Light-colored TPO stays relatively cool, and is a rugged, reasonably-priced choice for flat or low-slope commercial roofs.

Want more details? Scroll through the infographic from your friendly team of professionals at Skywalker Roofing!


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