How Does the Color of Your Roof Affect the Temperature and Energy Use of Your House?

Did you know that the color of your roof can affect the temperature of your home? Many do not realize this important fact, but it should be taken into consideration when updating or choosing a new roof for your house. 

If you live somewhere warmer, especially if it stays hot throughout the year, it is important to select a roof that will properly keep your house cool and decrease the amount of energy needed to cool it down. In this scenario, it would be best to have a roof that is a lighter color. Darker colors absorb heat.Think about how a lot of people try not to wear darker colors in the summer to stay cooler. Your roof is no different. With a darker colored roof, the wood beneath the surface will stay hotter, and your home will retain more heat, causing your energy prices to soar. 

On the other hand, if you live somewhere that is cooler throughout the year, you might choose to go with a roof that is darker since it will retain more heat from the sun. In this situation, you would be saving on energy costs by using less heat.

If you live in an area where the weather constantly changes throughout the year, you will have more leeway with what color your roof can be. If you experience the extremes of all four seasons, you might ask yourself which temperature affects your energy prices the most. Do you find yourself spending more on energy in the winter or summer, or is it pretty much equal? This can all be taken into account when selecting the color of your roof. In addition, you might take a look at what the most popular color choices for roofs in your area are. Then, you can make your selection and move forward in the roofing process.

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